Five steps to finding a job in Germany

There are not enough qualified professionals in Germany. The 'Make it in Germany' portal offers interested people from abroad information on life, work and job offers.

Immigrants with specialist expertise can find job opportunities in industry.
Immigrants with specialist expertise can find job opportunities in industry. dpa

Germany. As a result of the demographic development in Germany, businesses are now dependent on the immigration of qualified workers. According to calculations by the Prognos research institute, there could be a shortfall of approximately three million skilled workers, technicians, researchers and medical professionals by the year 2030. Other economic institutes regard this number as exaggerated, yet it is an undisputed fact that the Federal Ministry of Labour's most recent progress report also warns of a lack of qualified professionals. Longer working lives, greater labour-market participation by women, and more investment in education and further training alone will not be enough.

Hiring qualified women and men from abroad has therefore become an important element of securing a sufficient number of qualified professionals.

The 'Make it in Germany' platform was launched in mid-2012 to guarantee and improve Germany's long-term competitiveness and innovative capability as a business location. About two million people from 200 countries worldwide use it every year.  In this way, Germany is positioning itself as a modern and liberal immigration country. According to the OECD, Germany has one of the most liberal immigration systems for highly qualified people of all industrial countries.

Who does 'Make it in Germany' target?

I would like to work and make a career in Germany – but how do I get into the country and where can I find a job? The multilingual internet platform 'Make it in Germany' is the entrance portal for qualified professionals, academics, start-up founders and prospective students from abroad. It combines a wealth of information and services both for all those who want to study or work in Germany, and for companies that are interested in employing international qualified professionals.

In five steps, the portal accompanies applicants for work in Germany: from the search for a job and visa formalities to relocating, getting settled in Germany, and subsequently bringing their family from home.

Who operates the portal?

'Make it in Germany' is the official entrance portal for international qualified professionals. It is the contribution of the Federal Ministry for Economy and Energy to the joint Qualified Professionals Initiative (Fachkräfte-Offensive) of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the Federal Agency for Employment. 

What information can I find there?

The portal offers a wealth of information on visa formalities, recognition of professional qualifications, the labour market, applying for jobs, employment contracts, business etiquette, starting up a business, the dual training system, studying and research, language courses and integration. It also offers tips and addresses on everyday life in Germany – from registering with the authorities to finding a kindergarten and renting an apartment.

What interactive services does Make it in Germany offer?

  • A Quick Check for applicants
  • An overview of people you can contact in your home country
  • Sought-after occupations and sectors
  • Recognition of professional qualifications
  • Job exchange
  • Individual advice by e-mail, hotline or chat
  • Explanatory videos on YouTube
  • 'Questions & Answers' on Twitter
  • 'Make it in Germany' app in German, English and Spanish
  • Guidebook as a PDF download
  • Facts and figures about Germany

 Who has a chance to get a job in Germany?

The quick check on the home page enables you to make an initial assessment of your chances. This online tool asks you about your origins, certificates and qualifications. In the next step, you can find out the conditions you must meet to receive a residence and work permit for Germany and where you can access further advice.

Which occupations are looking for qualified professionals?

As an industrial location, there is always a demand in Germany for engineers in all sectors, for IT specialists and natural scientists. The demand for doctors and nursing staff is also growing along with the share of older people in the population. For this reason, immigrants with qualifications in medical and social professions also have very good chances on the job market. The Whitelist of the Federal Agency for Employment offers a detailed overview .

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