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Germany shares borders with nine neighboring European countries. Despite economic fluctuations, earnings have risen in most sectors, with the automotive industry leading. In 2018, Germany topped the European rankings with 67,898 patent applications. Europe’s largest economy is supported by excellent infrastructure, a highly developed corporate sector and higher education system.

Doing Business in Germany

More than 99% of all German businesses are small to mid sized enterprises. The German infrastructure makes it easy to set up a business. Supported by a stable political and economic environment, the government ensures businesses receive full professional support and funding. Download PDF

Setting up a new business or expanding an existing one in Germany is straightforward. Choose how your company operates from a range of entity types which suit your individual circumstance.

Banks are open from Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4 pm.

The standard working week is 40 hours per week usually worked from Monday to Friday.

The new Skilled Immigration Act eases the entry of non-EU foreigners with professional training into the German labour market. It is now easier for skilled workers with vocational, non-academic training from non-EU countries to migrate to Germany to work.

Main Industries Automotive, mechanical engineering, chemical and electrical
GDP Growth 1.80%
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Official State Name The Federal Republic of German
Population 83.24 million
Capital Berlin
Major Languages German
Currency € Euro
Internet Domain .de
International Dialing Code +49



Germany has a well-developed system that provides people with financial security, in times of illness and unemployment. Companies that operate global payroll (whether in house or through a global payroll provider) should take note of the distinction between taxes and social security contributions.

It is acceptable to provide employees with online payslips


On provision of four weeks’ prior notice

Employee Termination

Payroll report must be kept for five years


A 13th Salary is customary in Germany and paid by December

13th month salary

24 days

Annual Leave

€9.91 per hour

Minimum Wage

6 weeks fully paid leave

Sick Leave

This can be no more than 60 hours a week. Overtime will usually be compensated.


14 weeks of paid maternity leave

Maternity & Paternity Leave


Severance Pay

Tax and Social Security

The most important tax for employees is income tax which is dependent on the income earned. An individual’s tax bracket is influenced by factors such as marriage and children. Additionally, if an individual earns beyond a certain limit, they will be subject to social security contributions.


An individual’s income tax return is sent to the tax office. Mostly, this is voluntary, but in some cases, the tax return is compulsory





Corporate Income Tax Personal Income Tax Sales Tax VAT

Social Security

Individuals who earn above a certain limit are subject to social security contributions including statutory health insurance, statutory nursing care insurance, statutory pension insurance, statutory accident insurance and statutory unemployment insurance.




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Employment Law

Germany has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the world. When an individual signs a work contract for employment, the contract will state the gross salary but the amount received will be a net amount, less deductions for income tax and statutory social security contributions. There are shorter working hours, plentiful vacation and public holidays.

Employment Agreement
The written employment agreement is the standard way things are done and it should contain information such as inception of the contract, applicable time limit, probation period, place of work, remuneration, leave, notice period and more. Where collective bargaining agreements or company agreements are used, special regulations may apply.

Working condition
The working condition is generally good with weekly working hours set at 48 hours maximum. Collective labour agreements may reduce this to between 35 – 40 hours per week. Most companies are quite hierarchical in structure with strongly defined roles and decision processes.

In addition to the other typical leave types, any individual who has a German employment contract (whether full time, part time, fixed term or permanent) is entitled to parental leave. This is an entitlement that exists until the child reaches the age of three.

Employment termination
German employers are subject to legal regulations which must be followed when hiring international professionals. The relevant Foreigners’ Authorities must be notified in the event of early termination of employment (within four weeks from the time of knowledge of termination).

7 days prior notice

Minimum notice period for terminating an employee


Working hours per week

20 days

Total number of days for Compassionate & Bereavement Leave

5 Days

Total number of public holidays


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There are a number of different visa types including work visas for qualified professionals and the EU Blue Card (special residence permit for foreign academics seeking qualified employment in Germany). There are also visas for IT professionals, jobseekers, visas for self employment, visas for training and studying and other visas.

Residency Permits
There are a few requirements to receive a work visa. Your qualifications must be either recognised in Germany or comparable to those from a German higher education institution. If you have received a job offer, your recognised qualifications must enable you to perform the job for which you are hired. For those 45 years and older who are entering Germany for the first time for employment purposes, their gross annual salary for the position intended to be taken must be at least € 46,860 (as of 2021).

Work Permit validity Four year
Required Documents

Proof of financial stability

Possessing valid health insurance

Proficient in German

Applicable German visa such as business visa, employment visa, family reunion visa

Applicable Residence Permit – Standard, EU Blue Card or Permanent Residence Permit

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