Working in Germany – The Number of Fixed Term Contracts Has Risen Sharply + Why Is That?

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1.8 million people work in Germany with an unfairly limited contract. The number has more than tripled since 2001.

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More and more people in Germany work with a contract that is for a non-substantive period. This is shown by an evaluation of the Economic and Social Sciences Institute (WSI) of the Hans Böckler Foundation. Accordingly, the number of such jobs rose by more than 200,000 from 2017 to 2018 alone.

Between 2001 and 2018, the number more than tripled – from 550,000 to 1.8 million people, it is said. In the same period, the proportion of these jobs in all employment relationships rose from 1.7 to 4.8 percent. According to the evaluation, a total of 3.2 million jobs were limited in Germany in 2018, almost twice as many as in 2001.


For the report, data from the company panel of the Institute for Labor Market and Vocational Research and figures from the Federal Employment Agency were evaluated.

“Temporary employment is a problem for the mostly young people affected, because they are often associated with income poverty, restrictions on social participation and starting a family,” said the WSI researchers.

Especially in times of the coronavirus pandemic, it will be particularly difficult for workers with fixed-term contracts: “Since we are likely to have problems in the labor market in the coming time, temporary workers will be particularly hard hit,” said a WSI data manager With. They would be the first to be fired in times of crisis.

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How To Get A Job In Germany As Foreigner Against Idealistic Requirements

How to get a job in Germany if you don't fit all the criteria
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You do not also have to be nervous or anxious if you don’t fit the criteria for a job. Many people become dissuaded from applying for a job because they don’t meet all of the requirements. One question that I get asked regularly. How do I know if I can apply for a job, if I do not fit all required conditions?

There are two ways to decide if a job offer fits you.


1.It’s just Idealistic Requirements

First, realize that most job descriptions belong into the fantasy aisle of the book store. HR will list all imaginable skills for the “perfect” candidate. But nothing in our world is perfect. If the HR department did a good job, the skills and requirements are in declining order of importance.

If you meet more than a half of the requirements, Feel free to apply.

But be aware, The actual job requirements might be quite different from what you have read in the job description.

A while back I got a mail from one of my coaching clients: She sent me the link to a company that offered jobs in English. There were about 20 positions, from accounting to software development to sales. Every single job description was exactly the same…


2.Are you able to perform the job?

The second way. Ask yourself honestly.

If I get hired, can I actually perform this job and deliver the results expected?

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One engineer told me the story of his first job in Germany. In the interview process he said “yes” every single time when the employer asked him if he knew a software or had worked with a tool.

He got the job, but on his first day at work it became immediately obvious that he couldn’t use any of the software mentioned. His colleagues made him cook coffee and copy documents.

Embarrassed, he quit after one week, and since then has been completely upfront about his skills and knowledge. (He has a very successful career in Germany now.)


So, the question you should answer yourself is: How will I actually perform my duties, even if I work in a German language environment, but speak only English?

Saying “I will figure it out” is nice attitude, but won’t convince a German manager. You will need to actually be able to explain this in detail. Step by step. If you can do that: Apply for the job! (No matter if it’s in English or German.)

As a matter of fact: Smart people will always find a way to overcome the language challenge. You use Google Translate, ask your colleagues or hire an intern who will translate for you during the first months.

And shouldn’t that be the real objective for an employer? To hire smart people who find solutions?

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Getting A Job in Germany – Top 8 Useful Job Searching Platforms

Hello, I hope you have a productive day today.

Are you a skilled professional looking for a job in Germany? Or are you simply searching for student job or temporary / part-time job in Germany? Through below Top 8 job searching platforms, you will be able to be informed about job search and job vacancies.



LinkedIn is an American business and employment-oriented service that operates via websites and mobile apps. Founded on December 28, 2002, and launched on May 5, 2003, it is mainly used for professional networking, including employers posting jobs and job seekers posting their CVs.

It is already too popular job searching platform globally including Germany.
This Platform would be much helpful for people who already have professional experiences or a young professional, which means it would be HARD to find simple part-time or temporary jobs.

From this website, you can make many worldwide connections that you might need for your career. Also, there is some offers that you can simply apply with your data in linkedin by one click. This saves your time for applying job offers at the same time.


Indeed is originally an American worldwide employment-related search engine for job listings launched in November 2004. It is a subsidiary of Japan’s Recruit Co. Ltd. and is co-headquartered in Austin, Texas and Stamford, Connecticut with additional offices around the world.

Slightly unlikely linkedin, on the platform,there is not only job offers for professionals or a young professional, but also few simple part-time or temporary jobs.

If Some of the best job sites are traditional job boards, like Monster. Others, like, allow you to search through many job boards, company career sites, associations, and other sources of job postings. You can even search directly on Google to find job opportunities.



The offer of StepStone provides one of the highest reaches within its competitive environment in Germany. StepStone is the career platform for skilled functional and executives specialists, which has selectively address truly suitable candidates in the relevant occupational areas – thus ensuring higher quality candidates, from which you benefit at all times as a StepStone customer.

If you do not speak German very well, you can set a filter for ‘English speaking jobs’.


Glassdoor is a website where current and former employees anonymously review companies. Glassdoor also allows users to anonymously submit and view salaries as well as search and apply for jobs on its platform. In 2018, the company was acquired by the Japanese firm, Recruit Holdings, for US$1.2 billion.

Character of Glassdoor is between Linkedin and Indeed. I would say that Image of this platform is more like Linkedid than Indeed. But what is the most distinct from others is that they provide data of average salary information of some career field on regional difference.



Facebook, this platform is not yet professional than other top ranked job searching website. Still, powerful social media has section of job searching as well. You may see job posts in your News Feed, but you can also find job posts by:

  • Clicking Jobs in the left column of News Feed. In Jobs on Facebook, you can search jobs, change your location or select an industry or job type. Click Subscribe in the right column to get notified about new job openings.
  • Going to a company’s Page to see if they have any jobs open by clicking Jobs in the left column of the Page. If there isn’t a Jobs tab, the company hasn’t posted any jobs on their Page.

6.ebay Kleinanzeige

ebay Kleinanzeige is well known as a online platform for selling and buying second hand goods. It has, however, a section to find or post a job in the website.

But you better use this platform just for simple part-time or temporary jobs. For your information, in my point of view, it would be not that helping people who would like to get full-time job with professional career.

There is a lot of job offers you may check out in service, kitchen, moving, logistics (not a desk job) and entertaining field.



JOBRUF, the student agency, closes the gap between the need for competent staff and the enormous interdisciplinary expertise that distinguishes students at universities across Austria. So to speak, the job searching platform is basically for students studying in Germany or Austria.

Our focus is on arranging temporary help. Both private households (e.g. a domestic help, a language teacher or moving helpers) and companies (e.g. a working student, an office help or IT help) can find suitable applicants for almost all jobs via job portal.


InStaff provides qualified hostesses for trade fairs, major events, and events throughout Germany. Hostesses can create a profile on the online platform, so that organizers can find them there. Unlike common agencies, InStaff eliminates the unnecessary effort of preparing offers, manually managing hostesses, and direct customer acquisition.

InStaff is searching for employees for all kinds of temporary jobs that are between 30 minutes to 3 months long. Also, you can receive well paid jobs as a hostess or host and earn between 9 to 20 EUR per hour. For students of job seekers who want to be a hostess as a job, you can get more details and job offers through the link.

For most of offers from this platform, you do not worry about language. English is totally okay to work for it. German is not a must.

I deeply hope that you defeat a job searching matter in Germany through this posting. Good luck, Everyone ! Viel Glück, Leute!

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