The German labour market needs well-trained women and men. Foreign professionals have good prospects in jobs that are particularly in demand.
According to a study commissioned by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and published in February 2019, Germany is reliant on immigration from countries outside Europe. By 2060 Germany will have an annual immigration requirement of at least 260,000 people, it says. On a yearly average some 114,000 immigrants can be expected to arrive from other EU member states, the study claims. That means that around 146,000 women and men would need to immigrate from countries outside the European Union.
In December 2018 the Federal government resolved the Skilled Migrants Immigration Law, which is destined to make it easier for non-EU citizens with professional qualifications to access the German labour market. The law must still be passed by the Bundestag. The plan is for it to enter into force in early 2020.
- Software developers, architects, programmers
- Electronics engineers, electricians, electrical fitters
- IT consultants, IT analysts
- Economists, business management experts
- Customer advisors, account managers
- Production assistants
- Sales representatives/assistants
- Sales managers, product managers
- Architects, civil engineers
Source: Dekra Arbeitsmarkt Report 2018
Skilled job-seekers from abroad have very good opportunities in certain professions. For instance, there are many jobs for engineers, doctors, nurses, as well as in the manual trades.
Scientists, doctors and engineers are among the best-paid vocational groups. In Germany, however, salaries differ not only by profession – there are also regional differences: