Working and living in Germany

If you consider to work and live in Germany, you will be interested in the living conditions you can expect.

Working

Depending on the sector, employees are expected to work 36.5 to 40 hours a week, i.e. 8 hours a day. Some companies have adjusted to the fact that office work is possible from home on a few days a week (home office). As a rule, working days are Monday to Friday, although working hours on Fridays are often but not always shortened. The weekend off starts on Friday and includes Saturday and Sunday. Of course, this does not apply if you want to work in service occupations, such as nursing e.g. However, you receive a time off balance on other weekdays if you are employed at the weekend.

The remuneration for your work is normally paid at the end of the month. You will receive a pay slip that lists all the data that concerns you. The net wage or salary is transferred to your bank account. The employer pays for you, as a statutorily insured employee, all the social security contributions (health, pension, unemployment and long-term care insurance) directly from your wage/salary, so you do not have to worry about them. With the paid social security contributions, e.g. in the event of illness the cost of medical treatment is ensured, you acquire a pension entitlement in Germany and in the event of unemployment you receive public unemployment benefits on application).

Every year you are entitled to a certain amount of paid leave days, which is regulated in your employment contract. This is usually between 24 and 30 working days and often increases with age. In any case, you will have enough time to visit your home country or your relatives. In addition, there are a number of public holidays in Germany that are additionally exempt from work. Well combined so-called bridge days lead to even more free time. Of course, you are expected to perform well during your working hours in return.

Shopping

Your everyday life will of course depend on your working hours. To make your shopping easier, supermarkets throughout the city and the country are mostly open on weekdays (Monday - Saturday) from 8 am to 8 pm, in the cities sometimes beyond that, from 7 am to 10 pm or even until midnight. Only on Sundays most shops are closed.

The range of goods on offer differ from country to country, especially regarding food. But don’t worry: In every major German city there are Indian restaurants and in many places Indian shops, and of course there are also corresponding online shops, so that you don't have to do completely without Indian products. You will find out quickly where your preferred goods are on sale.

Entertainment and Leisure Time

Germany enjoys a rich cultural life. Regarding high culture, there are exhibitions, museums, operas, concerts, theatres and many other events and sights to see. For the easier entertainment, there are plenty of clubs, bars, musical festivals etc. So you will certainly enjoy the varied leisure activities.

If you enjoy antiquity and history, you will find many exciting opportunities to visit well preserved castles, old palaces and other historical buildings in Germany. In lovingly preserved cities you can discover beautiful old quarters, magnificent cathedrals and churches, old city walls, city gates and restored town halls from many centuries.

We also strongly encourage to visit other European countries, even just for of a week-end’s trip. Due to relatively short distances and easy border crossing, you will find an extra-ordinary cultural variety in reach. From our location in Düsseldorf you can go to Paris by train in just about 4 hours. Berlin, London, Rome and many other world-famous places can be reached by a 2-hours-flight.

If you are interested in sports, you can join a sports club or visit one of the numerous sports facilities. Cricket is not very popular in Germany, it’s Football that is Germany’s national obsession. But tennis, ice hockey, car racing and winter sports are also popular spectator sports.

Speaking of TV: For German TV, a flat-rate monthly fee is charged, which is calculated per accommodation unit. You can receive international channels via satellite or Internet-TV and of course there are pay TV offers like Netflix available.

Transport

Though Germany is famous for the Autobahn and its car manufacturing industry, there is a wide range of local and long-distance public transport means (buses, trams and trains) both in the cities and nationwide.

Within the cities you usually do not need a car. There is public transport available almost everywhere and many employers even offer a reduced-price job ticket for public transport for their employees. For and medium- and long-distance travelling railway is the most common means of public transport, whether the regional RE-trains or the high-speed ICE, travelling by up to 300 km/h.

If you chose to drive by car, you will find a wide-spread and well maintained road system, but also traffic jam during the peak hours. Important: in Germany, right-hand traffic applies. The traffic rules are observed much more strictly than in India and honking the horn is only used in exceptional cases and emergencies. Your Indian driving license will be valid for 6 months after your arrival, before it has to be re-written. Again, serviceplus will be happy to help!).

And last but not least: Many people in Germany also speak English, so discover the country and the people right from the beginning!

Get to know Germany, it's worth it!