Part Time Jobs in Germany

While considering higher studies abroad, Germany is one of the top destinations on a student’s list. Owing to multiple reasons right from the quality of education to the multicultural environment in universities, Germany is one of the top choices for students planning to study abroad. Education in Germany is comparatively not that expensive. Students might want to take up part-time jobs to have a side income to support their living. If you wish to know more about the available part time job options in Germany, you are reading the right blog. In this blog, we shall discuss a few part time jobs available for international students in Germany.

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Part Time Jobs in Germany 2021 Updates

As of 1 January 2021, an international student will need around 861 EUR/month to cover their living expenses which accounts for nearly 10,332 EUR/year. To support the financial requirements of students, Germany has a few part time jobs that can be taken up by students. But before we move on to discuss the part time jobs in Germany, students must be well aware of the eligibility and laws relevant to part time jobs in Germany.

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Laws and Eligibility

When it comes to the job market for students from Europe, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland the rights are the same as German students. Students from these regions can work more than 20 hours per week. There are certain restrictions for students who come from other countries barring the ones mentioned above:

  • Students can work for either 120 full days or 240 half days.
  • As per university norms, students are not allowed to work for more than 20 hours a week during term, but they can take up full-time employment during vacations.
  • It is of utmost importance for the students to comply with the country’s federal law as any negligence would be punishable.
  • Students require a work permit (that has details of the maximum limit of work a student can take up) from the ” Federal Employment Agency and the foreigners’ authority.
  • Students are exempted from paying taxes if they earn less than 450 euros per month or do not work for 50 working days continuously.
  • Students who are undertaking a language course or preparatory course are only allowed to work during free periods that too with permission from the Federal Employment Agency and the Immigration Office.
  • Students cannot be self-employed or involved in freelancing.

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Types of Part Time Jobs in Germany

The job options are plenty right from waiting at bars or filing documents in offices to working at the university as academic assistants. Students must wisely choose a job option that supports their field of study. We have listed some of the most popular part time job options available in Germany:

Academic Assistants

  • Library supervisor
  • Literature researcher
  • Tutorial assistant
  • Media (Journalism students)
  • Tutoring (Students in teacher training)

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Off-Campus Jobs

  • Waiter/Waitress
  • Trade Fairs
  • Courier
  • Babysitter
  • Bartender
  • Cashier
  • Filing office documents

Let us discuss these job profiles briefly now.

Teaching / Graduate/ Research Assistants: Such jobs are available for research scholars and have decent pay. Such jobs include assisting the professor with marking copies, giving tutorials, or preparing research literature, as supervisors, as librarians, etc.

Off-Campus Jobs: Although the pay may not be more or even basic, these jobs give students a great opportunity to explore the city and meet new people.

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Now we come to the most important question, how much do these jobs pay? To answer that, we must keep in mind that although the pay scale is pretty decent, it is not enough to completely support your education. The pay is enough to cover up your minor living expenses. The minimum wage is 8.80 euros per hour and they can earn more depending on their work. Usually, the wages are higher in big cities but the cost of living is also considerably high. Students earning 450 euros per month or less than that are exempted from paying taxes. In industries like production, academic institutions, and trade fairs, the pay per hour is typically higher than the minimum wage that has been set.

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