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How can I get a job in Germany in 2020?

Posted on December 24, 2019
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Germany is one of the best places to be if you are a skilled foreign worker. With the Skilled Workers Immigration Act to come into force on March 1, 2020, Germany will make it easier for skilled workers from non-EU countries to come to the country.

The Skilled Workers Immigration Act was passed on June 7, 2019.

According to the future projections by the Institut für Arbeits- und Berufsforschung (IAB), by 2030, Germany will require about 3.6 million workers for its potential labour force. The annual net migration of 200,000 can be assumed as a way of fixing this gap in the German labour force.

The Institut für Arbeits- und Berufsforschung (IAB) is the name of the institution for employment research of the Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit or simply BA for short).

According to The Local, Germany is the EU Country with the most number of low skilled workers. Almost 29% of the total international workforce in Germany is estimated to be made up of low skilled foreign workers.

While medium-skilled workers make up 46% of the foreign workforce in Germany, about 25% come under the category of high skilled.

With the Skilled Workers Immigration Act coming into force on March 1, 2020, entry of foreign-born non-EU skilled workers can be expected to be further relaxed and more streamlined.


Check your eligibility from our Germany Skilled Immigration Points Calculator.


Top 3 ways for getting a job in Germany in 2020:

If you are looking for a job in Germany in 2020, there are many ways to go about it. The recommended course of action would be to proceed through any of the following routes –


With a literal meaning of a “job fair” or “job market”, Jobbörse is the official job portal of the Bundesagentur für Arbeit (Federal Employment Agency).

The portal lets you conduct targeted searches based on the vacancies. You can also post your profile in a closed area so that the Germany-based employers can find your profile and contact you, if found suitable.

Jobbörse is also available as an app.

However, do keep in mind that while the job offers are updated on a daily basis, most of the job postings are in the German language.

Make it in Germany:

In a December 18, 2019 tweet, @MakeitinGermany announced “New record! More than 20 million visitors from all over the world have visited “Make it in Germany” to learn more about #life and #work in #Germany.”

Make it in Germany is a portal by the German government specifically for qualified professionals from all across the world.

The portal provides detailed information about finding jobs, visa processing, and life in Germany. Researchers and entrepreneurs can also look up information on their career prospects in Germany. Additionally, information is also given on higher education and vocational training.


Alternatively, you can get in touch with us if you want expert guidance on how to find the most suitable high-paying job for you in Germany.

We can also help you with Resume Writing as well as Resume Marketing services.

Providing a trusted platform to facilitate international recruitment, Y-Jobs brings together jobseekers and overseas employers.

Our team of 600+ experts can help you with Job Search Services.


You can also go to Germany on a Job Seeker Visa and look for a job for up to 6 months. For more details, read: How can I get job seeker visa in Germany in 2020?


Do I have to know German for getting a job in Germany?

Both the post that you will be employed on as well as the employer that you will be working for in Germany will be the determining factors for whether or not you will have to learn German.

Nevertheless, some basic knowledge of the German language can be of great help in everyday life situations while in Germany.

If you find the requirement, Y-Axis can also help you with your German language learning.

What are the jobs officially in demand in Germany currently?

According to the September 2019 Whitelist Immigration of professional into recognized occupations by the Bundesagentur für Arbeit, the filling of vacancies in the following occupations with foreign applicants is justified keeping in view labour market and integration policy.

These occupations include:

BKZ (Berufskennzahl in German, or the vocational identification number) Type of Occupation
121 93 Supervision & management horticulture
212 22 Professions in production of building materials
221 02 Professions in plastics & rubber production
223 42 Professions in Wood, Furniture & Interior Design
223 03 Professions in woodworking & processing
241 32 Professions in an industrial foundry
242 12 / 242 22/ 242 32 / 242 33 Professions in abrasive; non-cutting; metal cutting
244 12 / 244 13 Professions in metal construction
245 22 Professions in tool engineering
251 32 Technical service staff maintenance
252 12/252 22 Automotive, agricultural machinery & construction machinery technology
252 93 Supervision of vehicle, aerospace & shipbuilding technology
261 12 Professions in mechatronics
261 22/261 23 Professions in automation technology
262 12 Professions in building electrics
262 22 Professions in electrical engineering
262 52 Professions in building electrics
262 62 Professions line installation, maintenance
263 12 Professions information & telecommunications technology
263 93 Supervisors – electrical engineering
272 32 Professions in model building
273 02 Professions in technical production planning & control
292 32 Professions in meat processing
321 22 Professions in-wall craft
321 42 Professions in roofing
321 93 Supervision— building construction
322 02 / 322 22 / 322 32 / 322 42 / 322 52 Building construction professions in civil engineering (without specialization), well construction, road & asphalt construction, track construction, canal & tunnel construction
322 93 Supervision –  Civil engineering
331 02 Civil engineering professions in floor laying (without specialization)
331 12 / 331 32 Tile, mosaic, slab, parquet laying.
333 22 / 333 52 Carpentry, roller shutter and blind construction
333 93 Supervision – glazing, development, dry construction, insulation, carpentry,  construction of roller shutters and blinds
342 02 Construction professions in plumbing (not requiring specialization).
342 12 / 342 13 Professions in sanitary, heating & air conditioning.
342 22 Professions in oven & air heating construction.
342 32 Professions in refrigeration technology.
342 93 Supervisors – air conditioning, plumbing, sanitary, & heating.
343 22 Professions in pipeline construction.
343 42 Professions in Container, Plant, & Apparatus Construction.
434 13 Software development.
521 22 Professional drivers.
522 02 Locomotive driver in rail transport.
723 03 Professions in tax.
811 22 Podologists (m/f)
813 02 Health care, nursing (without specialization)
813 13 Professions in specialist nursing
813 32 Occupations operation/med.-techn. Assistance
813 53 Occupations obstetrics, maternity care
817 13 Professions in physiotherapy
817 33 Professions in speech therapy
821 02/ 821 83 Professions in nursing care for the elderly
823 93 Supervisors – personal hygiene
825 12 Professions in orthopedics, rehabilitation technology
825 32 Professions in hearing aid acoustics
825 93 Master of orthopedics, rehabilitation technology and hearing aid acoustics except for medical technology, ophthalmic optics & dental technology.
932 32 Professions in interior decoration

The occupations in the Whitelist were selected based on the analysis of bottlenecks by the Federal Employment Agency. The skilled worker’s bottle analysis is updated every 6 months.

However, the Whitelist will no longer apply from March 1, 2020.

My occupation is in the Whitelist. What do I do next?

If your occupation is on the “list of occupations” and you are willing to work in the same trained occupation in Germany, you will have to find out if your training is at par with a qualified training programme in Germany.

For this, you will have to log on to the website Recognition in Germany for the evaluation of your qualifications.

Once the check is completed, you will be issued a certificate from the relevant assessing authority.

You can use this certificate for applying for a visa from your home country.

Germany is a good place to live and work for a foreign worker. If you are thinking of working overseas, why not Germany?

If you would rather assess the ground reality before committing to a full-time job in Germany, you can always head to the country for 6 months via the German job seeker visa.

For more details and expert guidance, get in touch with us today!

Live your dream of working in Germany in 2020. Viel Glück!

If you are looking to Study, Work, Visit, Invest or Migrate Overseas, talk to Y-Axis, the World’s No. 1 Immigration & Visa Company.

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