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Why it’s a myth you need to know German to get a job

Many job ads in Germany list – not surprisingly – speaking German as a requirement for the job. But this shouldn’t scare you away from applying, argues career coach Chris Pyak in the first career column in a new series. Valentina sat in her little apartment in Bogota and …read more Source:: https://www.thelocal.de/20190614/the-myth-that-you-need-to-know-german-to-be-hired

Number of people receiving Danish unemployment benefit hits ten-year low

The number of people receiving Danish state income support for unemployment has decreased further since the beginning of 2019. A total of 125,900 people received the basic form of welfare, kontanthjælp in Danish, at the end of the first quarter of this year. That corresponds to a reduction by 3,400 during the …read more Source:: […]

What Germany’s new controversial immigration laws mean for foreign workers

On Friday, Germany passed a series of controversial measures to make it easier to integrate migrants, as well as to deport rejected asylum seekers. Here’s what it all means. What are they? The new package of laws aims to attract foreign skilled vocational workers with German language skills, including those from …read more Source:: https://www.thelocal.de/20190608/what-germanys-new-controversial-immigration-laws-mean-for-foreign-workers

Explained: How Germany plans to fight its drastic shortage of care workers

Around 1.6 million people work in the care sector in Germany. But almost 40,000 jobs are unfilled — and demand is growing due to an ageing population. What happens now? Better pay, lighter workloads and more trainees: that’s how the government hopes to plug a huge vacancy gap in Germany’s crisis-hit …read more Source:: https://www.thelocal.de/20190605/explained-how-germany-plans-to-fight-extreme-care-worker-shortage

How to kick-start your Swedish career: Six top tips for job seekers

Thinking of moving to Sweden for work? Here’s an overview of how to make it happen. 1. Learn the rules Can you just pack up and move to Sweden and worry about the job later? That depends on where you’re from. If you’re a citizen of another EU country, you …read more Source:: https://www.thelocal.se/20190605/how-to-kick-start-your-swedish-career-six-top-tips-for-job-seekers

An essential guide to being unemployed in Switzerland

Lost your job in Switzerland? Here’s what you need to know about navigating the country’s “tough but fair” unemployment system. Losing your job is stressful at any time, but if it happens when you are away from home, it can be even tougher. Fortunately, though, Switzerland’s unemployment system is generous and …read more Source:: https://www.thelocal.ch/20190604/an-essential-guide-to-being-unemployed-in-switzerland-jobs-benefits

Special offer for Members (or their employers): Free ad on The Local Jobs

To celebrate the recent launch of our new job site, we are offering Members, or their employers, a free ad on The Local Jobs. Are you a Member of The Local? If so, we would like to offer you a 30-day job posting* for free (standard price: €200). This will enable you …read more Source:: […]

Swedish job candidates to be grilled by robot interviewers

Upplands-Bro has become the first municipality in Sweden to use robots for recruitment. The purpose of the robots, which were developed by Furhat Robotics at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in partnership with recruitment firm TNG, is to ensure applicants face the same interview procedure without the interviewer relying on …read more Source:: https://www.thelocal.se/20190601/swedish-job-candidates-to-be-grilled-by-robot-interviewers

Do internationals face discrimination in the German workplace?

When we asked our readers what working life is like in Germany, many said they experienced prejudice in the office. Here are their experiences. Working in a foreign country brings with it lots of challenges. But one thing workers shouldn’t have to deal with is racism or discrimination. Yet many of our …read more Source:: […]

German unemployment rate rises for first time in five years

The increase comes a month after Germany boasted its lowest unemployment rate since reunification. Germany’s unemployment figures rose in May for the first time in more than five years, official data showed Wednesday. The shift occurred amid signs of slowing growth in Europe’s biggest economy, and federally corrected data about the number …read more Source:: […]

‘I came to Sweden from America to write my own Scandi noir novel’

MY SWEDISH CAREER: For many people, reading is – figuratively – a transformative process, with the power to transport you to far-flung lands and times past, present and future. For American author Florence Wetzel, her passion for Scandi noir novels transported her in a more literal sense, inspiring her …read more Source:: https://www.thelocal.se/20190529/i-came-to-sweden-from-america-to-write-my-own-scandi-noir-novel

Swiss employees working less and taking more holidays

In 2018, people in Switzerland worked 7.9 billion hours – this seems high, but the total hours worked weekly has declined and Swiss employees are taking more holiday leave. According to the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), between 2013 and 2018, the actual weekly working hours of full-time employees declined by …read more Source:: https://www.thelocal.ch/20190524/workforce-update-swiss-employees-are-working-less-and-taking-more-holidays

Sweden’s job agency fires 1,800 employees

A total of 1,800 employees at the Swedish national agency in charge of helping job-seekers have been told they will be let go, as a result of budget cuts set to affect operations across the country. The layoffs are not as serious as expected – earlier this year the Arbetsförmedlingen …read more Source:: https://www.thelocal.se/20190522/swedens-job-agency-fires-1800-employees

Explained: The best and worst paid jobs in Germany

Thinking about changing your career or wondering which state in Germany has the best salaries? Here’s the lowdown. Online careers portal Gehalt.de analyzed a huge amount of data on the salaries of workers in Germany over the course of last year to find out which jobs pay the most — and …read more Source:: https://www.thelocal.de/20190522/explained-the-best-and-worst-paid-jobs-in-germany

‘Language is a huge barrier’: What it’s like for internationals working in Germany

The German government says it’s desperate to attract foreign talent to replenish its ageing workforce. But what’s it really like to work here? Our readers weigh in. Lots of opportunities, strong workers’ rights and fair rules: these were some of the positives about working in Germany, according to our readers. But …read more Source:: https://www.thelocal.de/20190516/language-is-a-huge-barrier-what-its-like-for-internationals-working-in-germany