Is It Difficult to Get a Job as a Software Developer in Germany?
Well, it’s a very common question asked by many engineering graduates!
For software engineering, Germany is considered one of the best countries compared to other European countries to work.
The salaries offered to software developers in Germany might not be as high as in the neighboring country like Switzerland, but still higher than in most other countries of Europe with that in Germany you get a high standard of living with quality public services such as education, healthcare, and transportation, etc.
In Germany, the job market has more than 30.000 tech job openings and startups available which are very vibrant tech job fields, the startup hubs in Germany like Berlin, Hamburg, and Munich.
In Germany there are more than 800.000 Software Engineers looking forward to getting a job, so by considering that number we can say that the competition is stiff in the job market of Germany. following factors which are required for you in that highly competitive job market might work in your favor or against you:
- You need to have work experience and technologies – In Germany getting a job is not an easy task, or even harder for someone who’s a Junior Software Engineer in the job market, especially if you are a foreigner. In Germany, most of the top companies are looking for Developers having more than 2+ years of experience.
Well getting a job as a junior is not impossible but not easy to find a job even as a Junior software developer you should be rather looking at internship or trainee offers.
- You need to be a German or European citizen:
If you belong to any of the EU / EEA (European Economic Area) countries then finding a job as a software developer in Germany will be pretty easy for you to migrate to Germany, as you will just have to fill in some papers and some formalities then after you will get the job. In Germany, most of the time companies of Germany prefer EU/EEA citizens when searching for new employees to work in for their company.
- For people from other countries –
In this world, there are 2 administrative categories among different countries:
- In Germany, you can move from your country to find a job, and after that apply for a residence permit from the Ausländerbehörde. It is only for those who are citizens of the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, South Korea, or Israel.
- You are required to either get a Job-Seeker Visa or find an employee that helps you with a work visa in case If you come from any other country, for example, India, Brazil, Ukraine, etc. – then.
4. Language skills – In Germany the official language is German. If you can fluently speak German then it is definitely an advantage and many German companies mostly need it. Well, speaking German is not compulsory as you can still easily find a job in software development in Germany with English only, especially in startups or in big corporate companies.
How to be Prepared for Software Developer Interviews?
- Step1– Apply for jobs in companies while staying in your country:
If you do so then It has two major advantages: first, you can focus on the important things that are interviews. Secondly, since you’re not moving to Germany then you will not have to bear the high costs of living.
- Step 2- Job interviews:
In German companies normally the job interview process consists of 2 – 4 steps.
In the beginning, it will start with an introduction call and after that, they will give you a coding task by asking some basic technical questions.
As the 2nd step, if you are living in some other country and not living in Germany, then in that case there might be a video call with live coding. In the last round of the interview, you will be required to visit the company’s office in Germany.
The big companies of Germany offer the costs and pay off all the expenses required during moving from your country to Germany. After the last interview you will get selected then it will depend on you as now it’s your turn to give them an answer as “yes” or “no” in the following days, max. 2 weeks.
- Step 3- Move to Germany:
Congratulations – you have found your dream job now just after signing the contract, you need to prepare to move from your country to Germany. Now the last thing which is left now is just some formalities that are required to complete. After arriving in Germany you will need to a place to live, there are 2 options available:
- Rent a flat or house – If you are relocating together with your family to Germany then this would probably be your choice.
- Renting only a single room– if you plan to arrive alone in Germany might be a good option for you. You can also live together with other random people or friends by sharing the amount of rent.
Well, one of the most challenging parts is finding an apartment in some parts of Germany (especially in Berlin). As for a single apartment, you will often end up competing with 20-30 other people who are also trying to get the same.
Germany is a well-developed country and has many new startups also. But finding jobs for software developers in Germany is quite challenging as we have discussed above. But still, if you are too dedicated to this field then you must go for it. You can find jobs for yourself but you need to be patient and an experienced professional in this field. All over, software development is a quite competitive field in Germany while searching for jobs.