How can I get employers in the UK

Working in the UK (after leaving)

New rules after Brexit

The qualification acquired in training does not play such an important role in the desired profession in Great Britain as it does in Germany. It is therefore not uncommon to meet a biologist in the marketing department or an English graduate as a personnel manager. Social contacts are particularly important at work - this also includes going out for a beer with colleagues after work. In general, one hears from many quarters that the work is not so hectic and strictly organized, improvisation and "muddling through" are definitely part of everyday life.

The situation on the job market

The unemployment rate in 2016 was 4.8 percent and thus well below the European average (source: Eurostat). In 2014, the British earned an average of almost 43,000 euros per year. However, the falling exchange rate after the Brexit election will reduce the euro value of British wages.

The Greater London area is particularly attractive, with around 15 percent of all British workers working, almost a third of them in financial services and commerce. Managers and IT experts are particularly in demand here. There are good prospects in the service industry, in the health sector at banks and insurance companies, as well as in the information and communication sector.

For German native speakers, the outlook in call centers is also positive. A very good knowledge of the English language is required in all industries. The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, the Financial Times and the London Evening Standard, as well as numerous regional newspapers, contain a large number of posts.

Job search
Direct and personal contact with the companies is an advantage for every applicant, especially since the companies start a so-called "milk round" every autumn, during which they get in touch with graduates of the coming year at the universities and, if necessary, hand them over the application documents.

If you want to start your job search from Germany, you can contact the EURES adviser on site (see factsheet of the same name) or purchase one of the many British newspapers. Unlike in many other European countries, the daily newspapers have sorted the job vacancies over the course of the week.

If you live near Berlin, Düsseldorf, Leipzig or Munich, you can study some of these newspapers at the British Council's InfoPoints and get some translation help at the same time - who knows that the abbreviation "bens" means the additional services "benefits" or "asap" means "as soon as possible".

The state employment offices operate under the name "Jobcenter Plus" with a nationwide network of 1000 job centers, which tend to mediate in non-academic professions. Their service includes a comprehensive database of the same quality that private employment agencies offer. These "Employment Agencies" and "Personnel Consultants" mediate in many different areas and bill the employer for the fee. In times of the Internet it is possible with many of these agencies to submit a job application directly or to view the vacancies.

Unsolicited applications are recommended for university graduates in June and July because the big round of recruitment begins in September. The application documents usually only contain the cover letter and curriculum vitae as well as the naming of "referees" who issue confidential references at the request of a potential employer; It is not customary to enclose copies of diplomas and certificates. The application should be short, concise and factual, i.e. not contain excessive formulations and not emphasize one's own qualities, but certainly list experiences and qualifications.

The information also includes the motivation to seek work in Great Britain as a foreigner. The curriculum vitae is written chronologically starting with the present, from "Employment" to "Education and Qualifications" to "Special skills" and "Interests". The "application forms", standardized application forms, so that employers can better compare them, are not uncommon.

If you haven't received an answer more than four weeks after sending your application, you can confidently contact the company, because the British usually respond promptly and conscientiously.

Since there is no resident registration system in the United Kingdom similar to that in Germany, it is not possible to force the application for a residence permit. However, it is advisable to apply for this before six months have elapsed in order to be integrated with all rights. Forms can be obtained from the larger police stations or on the Internet.

Additional Information:

Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Wilhelmstrasse 70
10117 Berlin
Tel .: 030 204 57-0
Fax: 030 204 57-578

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
23 Belgrave Square
London, SW1X 8PZ
Tel .: 0044 20 7824 1300
Fax: 0044 20 7824 1435

British-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry
German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce
Mecklenburg House
16 Buckingham Gate
GB-London SW1E 6LB
Tel .: 0044 20 7 97 64 100
Fax: 0044 20 7 97 64 101