Jobs in Munich

For a list of current English-speaking jobs in Munich see the jobs in Munich listing. If you are an employer who is seeking staff, feel free to post your advert to that listing. Note that to make a post you must first register a forum account. Registration is safe, private, and only takes a minute.

Below is some more general information about the jobs in Munich. Provided are some tips for your job search in this city, along with links to other resources and employment agencies.

Introduction

Unemployment in Munich is currently down at around 5% (as of 2006). This is low when compared to the rest of Germany, particularly Berlin. But that's not to say it's easy to find something. As with finding any job anywhere in the world, you need to put your mind to it and be systematic in your approach.

English-speaking jobs

Despite German being the official language in Munich, and despite the fact that everyone here speaks German all the time and that most employers will want you to speak German, it is still possible for non German speakers to find work. There are unskilled jobs with the tour companies or international bars and restaurants. Or there are skilled jobs with the large multi-national companies, most of which are in the IT sector. See below for further details, as well as the page that lists international companies.

Bar work

For unskilled bar work jobs in Munich, try the Irish pubs and Australian Bars. In particular you should try Kilians, Shamrock, Molly Malones, or the Temple Bar. Note, however, that you will need to show up in person and hand your CV over to a member of staff there. It is no use sending them an e-mail and asking for a job. They get lots and lots of requests like this every week and probably won't ever bother replying.

You can also try the Hard Rock Cafe. Employees here are said to earn a minimum salary, have no rights, and work terrible hours. But the advantage is that you don't need any German language skills. And besides, some people still love working there.

Summer jobs

There are many available summer jobs in Munich. The obvious ones are working for the tour companies such as Mike's Bike Tours. These can maybe be applied to in advance from abroad. Note, however, that you will be required to attend an interview in person. It is exceedingly unlikely that you will be able to secure a job remotely. If you are already in Munich and it is early in the season (i.e. February, March, or possibly even April or May) then you can try the beer gardens. This is seasonal work which involves working the cash registers, manning the serving stations, or cleaning and glass collecting. See also the forum chat topic: Summer jobs in Munich

Oktoberfest jobs

The Oktoberfest is the biggest folk festival in the world. Every year around 7 million visits are made to this beer drinking festival. The festival always lasts two weeks. It starts on the third weekend in September and finishes on the first weekend in October. Oktoberfest jobs are plentiful. However, you need to apply early. Early can mean January for a start in September.

The Oktoberfest jobs are mostly in catering, of course. Waiters and waitresses are required to carry food and drink to the tables. Such jobs can earn good money. We are guessing something like €14,000 for 3 weeks' work for an established worker (much less in your first year). But it's hard work. Very hard work. Don't underestimate. You need to be on your feet for 12 hours per day, 16 days in a row. It's hot, and you get abuse from the customers. To apply you need to contact each of the "tents" in turn. There are about 12 different tents. Of course some basic understanding of German is required. For the list of tents see: oktoberfest.de.

See also WiesnJobs.de for a German language website dedicated to Oktoberfest jobs. Note that "Wies'n" is the Bavarian word for "Oktoberfest" and literally means "the meadow". For more tips see the forum chat topic: Oktoberfest employment.

Nannies, au pairs, and child care

There is high demand in Munich for English-speaking nannies and au-pairs. This is because many German families want to expose their children to the English language as much as possible. One of the best nanny agencies in Munich is Felicity Nannies. Contact Mirja and ask her to put you on her list of available nannies. Of course it helps a lot if you have some qualifications or experience.

IT jobs

Other types of jobs

There are many jobs to be had at Munich Airport. These include both skilled and unskilled work. There is facility management, check-in desk, cleaning, catering, and more. See the airport's own website for their current list of jobs.

Employment agencies

Jobs websites

The Toytown Munich website has a classifieds section for job offers and jobs wanted. Have a browse of the offers, and if you don't find anything try posting to the "wanted" list. Other options are:

Munich employment office / Arbeitsamt

The Arbeitsamt have a job center which is called BIZ - Business Information Zentrum (Centre), which is also available online. If you type in the word 'English' in the "Suche" search box (keywords), it brings up jobs in Munich with text in English or with the word English in the text. If you can speak some German you could also try by putting in the word in German ('englisch'). Here you will find pages upon pages of jobs. Be careful though; job offers from Zeit Arbeit Agencies / Temping Agencies can have very low hourly rates, although it may be a good stepping stone to finding a more rewarding job.

Working freelance

Provided you have the necessary permits (for non-EU citizens), you can work as a freelancer in Germany. Common jobs include teaching, translation and IT. As a freelancer, you must register as 'Selbstständig' with the Finance office, who will provide you with a tax number. You do not need to charge your clients MwSt (VAT) unless your annual turnover is over €17,500. As a freelancer, the only tax you are obliged to pay is income tax, which is calculated when you submit your annual tax return. You are not legally required to have health insurance, pension scheme etc, although these are of course strongly recommended and it is your own responsibility to arrange suitable cover. As a freelancer, you should obtain advice from a recommended tax advisor.

See search results for "freelance" for relevant forum discussions.

Average earnings

I worked as a barkeeper in Munich in a restaurant. I earnt €1700 per month before tax; that's about average, a little below perhaps, but then you can expect to be paid extra as Sundays and after 10pm are paid with a tax benefit, I think something like 15%.

You can then after a trial period renegotiate; I only did the job for a few months to improve my German so didn't get to, but if you are good, the boss will want to keep you and will be willing to pay for it. There was a Slovakian girl where I worked and she made over well over €2000 per month. I got all my food and drinks there for free which saves money (food was shit though).

I'm currently looking at jobs in call centres for IT companies that need people with mother-tongue English. I have had a few offers and they have varied from €1100 net per month up to €1500 net per month.

It depends on the company and who you go through. Some Personnel Companies will not pay you much if the contract is through them but you will usually get taken over by the company and get paid better by them after a trial period.

Also ask about extras; often companies will pay for you to get to work - in Munich they paid for my monthly travel ticket, which is handy when it costs about €80 per month, especially as you can use it in your free time as well.

Also you can possibly get extra money for phone bills, cell phone bills, food, drinks; it depends, so make sure you know BEFORE you sign the contract, you have no negotiating power once it's signed for quite a few months and when you're on your trial period you have to be "careful" to do the right things. Get to know your boss and work the way he/she wants you to, even if you don't like it.

Taxes to be paid

If you are earning a gross (i.e. pre-tax) salary of around €45k or more, then you can expect to pay around 48% of that in taxes. This includes all the different elements of tax as well as various compulsory insurances. These elements are: income tax, solidarity tax (to pay for the reunification of Germany), church tax (but only if you're a declared Christian; make sure you opt out of this when completed tax forms), state pension contributions, health insurance, social insurance, ...and more.

Claiming unemployment benefits

See: Unemployment benefits

See also

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