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Hiring Foreign Employees

EU workers for your company

JOBSMART connects German companies with motivated job seekers from the EU: With job advertisements on jobsmart.eu, you can hire foreign employees who are looking for jobs in Germany and thus tap into new personnel potential.

  • Motivated workforce for every industry and every company
  • Hiring without additional bureaucratic hurdles

Our platform is a revolutionary solution to the labor shortage in Germany. With just a few clicks, you can publish job offers across Europe and then communicate directly with applicants.

Use the European applicant pool now and find suitable applicants for your vacancies!

Hiring employees from abroad

In Germany, in addition to skilled personnel, there is now an increasing shortage of workers for basic work in areas such as logistics and industry. Trade, hospitality or cleaning. For this reason, more and more companies are taking advantage of the opportunity to recruit employees from the EU and abroad – and without additional bureaucratic effort.

The employment of EU workers without residence in Germany is possible without any problems: The so-called free movement of workers within the EU offers you this unique opportunity. This states that EU citizens are free to choose where they work and live, which in turn opens up an extensive pool of talent – without additional bureaucratic hurdles for companies. Employees have the same rights as their German colleagues.

Increase your visibility on the job market with the job advertisements on jobsmart.eu and find suitable workers faster!

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Overcoming language barriers: using support services

Despite the language barrier, an often-cited obstacle, the EF English Proficiency Index that many EU citizens have a solid to good knowledge of English decree. Including dThe Federal Employment Agency also supports citizens with Professional language coursesto facilitate entry into the German labour market.

Across the EU, 7% of the population understands German. If you exclude countries with German as an official language (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg), the Netherlands leads with 49%, followed by Denmark with 34% and Slovenia with 27%.

Eastern Europe has better results than Western Europe.

Do you have any further questions about hiring foreign employees and Jobsmart? Our team will be happy to advise you in a personal conversation.

Checklist for hiring foreign employees

Hiring foreign workers in Germany is smooth and efficient if certain steps and requirements are followed. Here’s a comprehensive checklist that you can download as a PDF and use as a guide to the hiring process:

Check work permit

Make sure the foreign employee has the necessary work permit, if required. EU citizens do not need an additional work permit.

Request Tax Identification Number

Help employees apply for a tax identification number if you don’t already have one.

Social Security Registration

Register employees with the required social insurance (health, long-term care, pension and unemployment insurance).

Employment contract in clear language

Make sure that the employment contract contains all the essential terms of employment and is understandable for both parties.

Create an induction plan

Develop an induction plan to best integrate employees into the team and workflows.

Register your place of residence

Support employees in registering a residence in Germany if you have not already done so.

Offer language support

Offer support in learning the German language if you do not yet have sufficientlanguage skills to carry out the job.

Intercultural training

Promote intercultural competence in both new employees and existing teams to reconcile any cultural differences in the workplace.

Payroll and payroll tax

Explain employees the structure of payroll and the details of payroll tax deductions in Germany.

This checklist serves as the basis for the legally secure and successful recruitment of foreign workers in Germany. You can download this list as a PDF here to have it on hand when you need it and to make sure no important steps are missed.

Frequently Asked Questions About Hiring Foreign Employees

Do foreign workers from the EU have a work permit in Germany?

Answer:

Yes, citizens of the EU enjoy the free movement of workers, which means that they are allowed to work in Germany without a special work permit. This regulation makes it easier for EU citizens to work in Germany and allows companies easier access to qualified workers from other EU countries.

What does an employment contract for foreign workers look like?

Answer:

An employment contract for foreign employees in Germany does not differ significantly from that for German employees. The contract should contain clear information on working conditions, salary, working hours, holiday entitlement and notice periods. It is advisable that the contract also contains information about applicable collective agreements or works agreements that may apply to the employment relationship.

Do foreign employees have to pay income tax in Germany?

Answer:

Yes, foreign employees who work in Germany are generally subject to wage tax. The wage tax is deducted directly from the salary and paid by the employer to the tax office. The employee’s tax class, which depends, among other things, on his marital status, plays an important role in the calculation of wage tax.

What about foreign employees without a tax identification number?

Answer:

Foreign employees who want to work in Germany must apply for a tax identification number. This number is required for tax registration. Employers should support the process by accompanying new employees in applying for the tax identification number or by providing relevant information.

Do foreign employees receive social security in Germany?

Answer:

Yes, foreign employees who are legally employed in Germany are usually subject to social security contributions. These include statutory health, long-term care, pension and unemployment insurance. The social security contribution is automatically deducted from the salary and borne jointly by the employer and employee.

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