Germany's Forecasted Jobs Growth in Business and Public Services

The European Commission has forecast 1.8% growth in 2016 for job opportunities in Germany, with the majority of these being in the area of business and services, according to a report by European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP):

When considering the EU countries offering prosperous prospects to find employment and opportunity, Germany has been rated as among the top 10 countries in terms of well-paid job opportunities. Whereas the previous year, there was job growth in areas such as IT, the industries for 2016 has changed over to business and public services, according to CEDEFOP’s annual country report. Approximately a fifth of the job opportunities will be available to professionals and those working in high-level jobs such as in engineering, healthcare, science and business.

Germany is among the top six European countries with the highest population of Indians choosing to live and work, according to NRI Online.

There are reasons for this.

Despite the economic crash that has been felt worldwide and particularly across Europe, Germany has remained in relatively good standing in terms of its economy and has retained a lower unemployment rate compared to others, says CEDEFOP’s report.This indicates a promising time to live and work in Germany for those graduates or specialists who want to boost their career prospects in Europe. Those jobs paying a yearly salary in excess of €49, 600 can apply for the specialist EU blue card, which serves its purpose as a type of working visa for highly-skilled employment such as engineering. The blue card ties into a government initiative started in 2012 to meet the shortfall by 2025, of suitably, highly-qualified candidates for jobs in these areas.

Visas

There are a number of flexible visas available for non-EU nationals: For international students graduating from Germany universities, a visa enabling work for a period of 18 months can be obtained after completion of studies, providing they have the funds to support themselves while they are looking for work.

For people who are degree qualified at a university in a different country, they can apply for a visa allowing them to search for work in the chosen country. Again, this is providing they can fund themselves for this period. Then, on the basis of a firm job offer, the visa can be changed over.

With an offer of employment in hand, you can then apply for a residence permit for employment. For the few jobs that require particular specialisms or high skills, there is an option for an EU Blue Card, which represents this different status and can last for up to four years.

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