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Frankfurt - Employment

Frankfurt is regarded as one of the best cities in Europe for employment prospects, with an unemployment rate of less than 1 percent, and over 600,000 jobs available throughout the city. As an expat, though, you will want to set up employment before you arrive in Frankfurt. This is necessary to obtain your residence permit – local authorities want to know that you will be able to maintain a sufficient income while living in the city, and that you will be able to bring work skills to the city that could not be performed by a local citizen.

Thus, Frankfurt has established a policy of limiting foreign immigration to the city. You will need to find a job that supplies sufficient income, as established by the local authorities, over and above your housing costs. Currently, that amount is about 400 Euros. So if you will be renting a flat for 500 Euros, you would need to secure a job that pays at least 900 Euros per month to be considered for a residence permit.

Most expats, except those who come to Frankfurt to study at one of the city's universities, are transferred to the city by their employers. Expats typically work in the financial, banking, and business industries, particularly with international employers that are building their presence in Germany.

Some expats also begin their careers in Frankfurt by working as nannies. Kep in mind, though, that most of these jobs are live in positions, so it may be difficult to establish your residence for the purpose of obtaining a residence permit if you choose to work as a nanny.

Employers in Frankfurt are more likely to use newspapers and the internet to find job candidates than other European cities, so starting your job search before you leave your home country can be as simple as researching job banks and German newspapers online. If you are a native English speaker, you will find that you have an advantage over Frankfurt locals, particularly in the finance, business, and education industries.

Here are some links to job boards that will help you get started in your employment search:





Unlike some other European cities, it is not impossible for self employed persons to be granted residency in Frankfurt. However, you will need to be able to demonstrate that your residency will serve the public good of Frankfurt, and have a positive impact on the local economy. You will also need to locate a sponsor who will guarantee your financing, to ensure that your housing and other expenses are paid while you are living in the city.

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