Hire employees in

Germany

. Hassle-free.

With Deel, your business can easily hire employees in

Germany

. No more worrying about local laws, complex tax systems, or managing international payroll. Deel takes care of everything in 150+ countries.

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Hire employees in

Germany


without setting up an entity

Usually, to hire in

Germany

, your business needs to set up an entity. That means a local office, an address registered as a subsidiary and an account with a local bank. This, plus navigating regional payroll, tax, and HR laws, can take months.

Germany

also treats contractors differently than full-time employees, so misclassifying a contractor could lead to penalties. Deel lets you can hire employees in

Germany

quickly, easily, and compliantly. We even automate tax document collection, payroll, benefits, and more.

We partner with local lawyers to ensure you’re compliant

With labor law experts in 150 countries, you can pick from a library of localized contracts to legally onboard your international team in minutes.

We’ll make sure your team get the best benefits

Deel allows you to legally hire and provide benefits for employees in

Germany

within minutes.
All in one manageable online dashboard.

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Quick Overview

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Capital: Berlin

Official language: German

Payroll Cycle: Monthly

Statutory Holidays

Paid Time Off

In Germany, employees are entitled to 20 days of paid holiday a year. However, It is common practice to grant 5 or even 6 weeks of annual paid leave.

Public Holidays

  • New Year’s Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • Labor Monday
  • Ascension Day
  • Whit-Monday
  • German Unity Day
  • Christmas Day
  • St. Stephens Day

Additional regional holidays may also apply.

General Taxation

Individual Income Tax

The individual income tax depends on many variables, such as marital status, level of income, etc. The average ranges up to 45%

Employer Tax

19.33% of employee salary

Additional information

Employment Contract Details

There are no specific rules governing the language for employment contracts as long as the employee understands the contract language. Bilingual wording is recommended for employees without the relevant language skills. Contracts must be in writing and detail certain aspects of employment including the start date, place of work, job role, remuneration, holiday entitlement, notice period and any reference to applicable collective bargaining agreements.

Probation Period

The maximum probation period is 6 months.

Minimum Wage Requirements

The Minimum Wage is EUR 1,584 per month.

Maximum working hours and overtime

An average working week is considered to be 38-40. Workdays are typically 8 hours and should not exceed 10 hours. There is a statutory maximum of 48 work hours per week as average in any 6-month period.

Bonus and Expense Payment

Bonuses are common but care should be taken to ensure clear and objective language in the contract or an addendum to the contract

Parental Leave

Parents are entitled up to 3 years of Parental leave, which is paid by the government for 12months, it can reach to 14 months if the other parent accepts a pay cut up to 67% of their net pay. An additional 24 months of unpaid parental leave possible with full protection of the workplace and right to return to work.

  • Maternity leave: leave starts 6 weeks before birth paid at full salary by the employer. A further mandatory maternity leave period of 8 weeks after childbirth is paid as a maternity allowance from the statutory health insurance fund or the Federal Insurance Office, provided the employee is a member of the statutory health insurance. If the employee’s net remuneration of the last three months exceeds the maternity allowance, the employer must pay the difference to the employee. The employer may be able to recover certain amounts from the authorities.

Sick Leave

Employees are entitled to receive the full remuneration from their employer for up to six weeks of sickness, subject to certain conditions. Afterwards they can apply for sick pay with the statutory (or voluntary private) health insurance for up to 72 weeks.

Termination requirements for employees in

Germany

Dismissal for a serious cause subject to certain conditions is allowed. However, a justification for dismissal must exist otherwise the employee can challenge the dismissal in court.Severance costs are generally 0.5 months’ salary for each year worked. Additionally, any not taken holidays must be paid out upon termination.

Notice Period

In Germany, the notice period highly varies and is based on the length of the labor relationship, the minimum is 2 weeks' notice and after 20 years of employment it can reach 7 months' notice.

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