These are the Top 10 Job Portals and Job Websites in Germany (2022)

by James | 16 May 2020 | Finding a Job

Whether you’re looking for part time work, or full time employmnet, virtual job boards are the best place to start your job search.

Traditional outlets such as newspaper ads, or postings on corporate websites’ career pages, are dwindling in popularity due to scarcity of talent and the war to hire the best candidates.

Having their ad seen everywhere is key, both for internal HR managers and specialist recruitment firms alike.

Here are the top 10 job portals in Germany (based on monthly traffic) from Crosswater Job Guide’s statistics:

1. Indeed
2. StepStone
3. Arbeitsagentur
4. LinkedIn
5. Meinestadt.de
6. Jobrapido.de
7. Kimeta
8. Xing Stellenmarkt
9. Monster Deutschland
10. Stellenanzeigen.de

We go into each of these sites in more detail below, to give you a more focused strategy of where to look, how they differ from one another and which ones are the best for some of the specifics you may need.

If you’re looking for specific advice on job searches in Berlin or Munich, then check out the articles below.

Finding an English speaking job in Munich

Finding an English speaking job in Berlin

We’ve also covered more generic tips around searching for English speaking jobs in Germany too.

The Top 10 Job Portals in Germany (based on search traffic)

According to Crosswater Job Guide, there are over 1,200 active job search websites in Germany. You could easily become overwhelmed quickly without knowing where you’re likely to get the most value from your search.

One thing that you’ll need to do BEFORE you start applying for jobs in Germany is to ensure you have optimised your CV and cover letter according to the German format. If you haven’t optimised your resume, then your application will almost certainly land straight in the trash.

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1. Indeed

Indeed has grown exponentially over the past 10 years or so to become one of the most important jobs portals in Germany. Back in 2009, when I was looking to change my employer in Germany, Indeed was barely on the radar. Now, they get the most monthly search traffic in Germany.

The look and feel of Indeed is pretty basic. Honestly, I prefer the UX on most of the competitor sites, but Indeed also has some additional useful functions.

Indeed has also created a very useful crowdsourced database of employees’ ratings of their employers. If you’re considering applying for a position, even if it’s not advertised on Indeed, it’s definitely worth checking out this function just based on the sheer number of reviews on here.

Other than filtering by job title and location, you’re also able to sort based on relevance of the position (based on the keywords you searched for) and date the position was advertised. There’s no option unfortunately to search by language of the job ad.

You can also upload your CV and store this inside the platform if you register, to save uploading each time you apply for a new job.

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As a Mainz supporter, we’ll overlook the fact that Indeed is the shirt sponsor of local rivals Eintracht Frankfurt…

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2. StepStone

Almost since looking for jobs on the internet became a thing, StepStone has seemingly been the front runner for job portals in Germany.

While Indeed may have pipped them when it comes to monthly visitors, I suspect you’ll end up spending more time on StepStone’s site simply because the experience is way more pleasant and there are some really neat features on here.

It’s the only top job search portal that allows you to filter out job ads in English, without having to look at the more niche search engines which scrape English speaking jobs from other portals and job boards on the internet.

Furthermore, it also has a pretty detailed salary comparison tool, helping you get an idea of what the average salaries are for the roles you’re interested in. If you take the personalised survey, you’ll get an output which takes into consideration the location of the job, your relevant work experience and the seniority of the position.

Otherwise, the basic salary search by job title will give you a lower and upper range.

Just like on Indeed, you can register and upload your CV directly onto the StepStone platform.

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3. Arbeitsagentur

The Federal Agency for Employment (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) makes it into the top 3 with their own database of unfilled vacancies.

This one is the odd-man-out of the top 10 job portals in Germany: these are jobs which are actively posted by the job centre, based on companies who have informed them of their open vacancies.

As a government department, there is no active commercial model in play here. Consequently, the BfA’s search portal also contains every conceivable job you could think of, from temporary, unskilled work right the way through to top managerial positions.

The site and portal itself has some English language functionality. You can navigate through the JOBBÖRSE in English. You can also search for open positions by entering English job titles, which will be automatically translated into German. Search results will then appear in German, too.

To submit online applications through the platform, you’ll need to be registered in the Arbeitsagentur’s system. Smaller companies who may not be able to afford paying for job ads on the bigger recruiting sites are the diamonds in the rough who you’ll likely find through here.

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LinkedIn

I’ve spoken about this before in our main article on how to find English speaking jobs, as well as the individual articles I put together for Berlin and Munich.

LinkedIn is GOLD for job seekers. It’s like your online CV and personal record of achievement. LinkedIn may not be as popular in Germany as many other countries due to its domestic rival, Xing, but nonetheless it offers a huge opportunity to reach approx. 9 million active users in Germany.

What’s more, because of Xing’s presence and previous dominance within German-speaking Europe, I really see this as an advantage if you’re an avid LinkedIn user. The content published tends to be a lot more English language driven as a result.

LinkedIn (perhaps unsurprisingly, given its parent company is Microsoft) is much better in my opinion than some competitor sites when it comes to search using relevant keywords.

Where LinkedIn really comes into its own though is through being able to find recruiters and headhunters in the industry you’re seeking a job in. If a couple of them like your CV and experience, they’ll do your work for you. They’ll put you in touch with recruiting managers, help you with introductions to hiring companies and generally be like a virtual assistant for your job search.

Remember though, this will only happen if you’re of some commercial value to them though…they’re in it for the commission!

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5. Meinestadt.de

This is the only one of the top 10 jobs websites in Germany (based on website traffic) which focuses primarily on jobs for non-graduates. If getting ANY job as a means to intensively learn German is your strategy, and you’re focused on a specific location, Meinestadt.de could offer you some unique opportunities not found on the other sites.

It’s also worth noting that Meinestadt isn’t JUST a jobs portal (the clue is in the name), nor is it their primary focus. It’s essentially a directory and a portal for your local area. As such, they also offer pages with property for rent, a dating portal and cars for sale.

Think of it as kind of a Craigslist or Gumtree equivalent in German.

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6. Jobrapido.de

The highest traffic jobs search engine, Jobrapido is definitely worth a look because it’s not just a me-too version of the job marketplaces listed higher up in the rankings.

What’s the difference between a jobs board / jobs marketplace and a jobs search engine site? Well, jobs marketplaces are typically responsible for their own content. Hiring companies or agencies pay them to post jobs, or the different jobs marketplaces syndicate each other’s content.

Job search engines work a bit differently. They scrape the internet for job ads, and as such, they often feature different open positions than the job marketplaces. Their crawling technology has the ability to scrape job ads from companies’ own web pages, so if a hiring company is not posting on one of the major job marketplaces, then you may spot some unique content on sites such as this.

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7. Kimeta

Similar offering to Jobrapido above, Kimeta is also a jobs search engine and has a very similar feel and UX. This and Jobrapido are the only search engines among the top 10 job websites in Germany.

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8. Xing Stellenmarkt

Xing is a native German competitor to LinkedIn and, up until recently, was only available in German. I suspect because they’re under intense pressure from their huge American competitor, also in the German-speaking market, they have recently raised their game. Not only do they have their site completely in English as well as German, they have also made some significant improvements and invested heavily in their job search function.

The result is that it gets over 2 million page views and easily makes the top 10.

9. Monster Deutschland

When I first moved to Germany, this was one of the major players. Since then, Monster has fallen from the lofty heights it once enjoyed and these days is offering nothing special or unique. Chances are, if you’ve used StepStone or Indeed, you’re unlikely to need to search for very long on Monster.

10. Stellenanzeigen.de

Another one worth a look, but again, unlikely to offer a hugely unique offering versus the major players. One cool feature with Stellenanzeigen.de, however, is their option to filter by popular companies. Great if you’ve specifically got your eye on a particular company who you’d love to work for.

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Experteer

Even though this isn’t one of the top job portals in Germany by traffic or job postings, it deserves a special mention because German job ads typically don’t indicate the expected salary range. This is especially annoying because you could risk wasting time applying for something below your expectations.

The advantage ofExperteeris that it only advertises roles which pay above €60,000 per year. The downside is that it’s a premium site costing €11.90 per month. But then if you’re targeting a salary of over €60k a year, then stop being a tight arse and get your credit card out!

Because Experteer tends to play at the higher end of the market, there also tends to be more job descriptions in English.

Others

Two others worth a mention are Neuvoo and ZipRecruiter. Even though these don’t make it into the top 10 based on monthly website traffic alone, they are both pretty big fish internationally. Therefore definitely worth a look, especially if you’re seeking a job with an international company.

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How can I get job in Germany website? ›

The official ones
  1. Job Exchange of the German Federal Employment Agency.
  2. The Central Agency of Foreign and Professional Affairs (ZAV)
  3. www.stepstone.de.
  4. www.indeed.de.
  5. www.staufenbiel.de.
  6. www.jobvector.de.
  7. www.xing.de.
  8. www.linkedin.de.
19 Mar 2019

What is the best way to find a job in Germany? ›

Job Board (Stellensuche) of the Federal Employment Agency

The BA's Stellensuche (job board) is Germany's largest online portal for jobs. You can look for jobs and enter your personal applicant profile so that German companies are able to see it and can therefore contact you directly if they are interested.

Which is the best portal for job search? ›

15 Top Job Sites and Boards
  • Indeed Job Search.
  • Glassdoor Jobs.
  • LinkedIn.
  • Google for Jobs.
  • Monster.
  • ZipRecruiter.
  • Simply Hired.
  • CareerBuilder.
7 Jul 2022

Is it easy to find job in Germany? ›

Although the simply worded question of 'is it easy to get a job in Germany' is one that can be simply answered in passing, it all depends on the type of work and sector you wish to work in. Germany has a huge range of industries, some more competitive than others.

Is it easy to find a job in Germany as a foreigner? ›

Although it's possible to find a job in Germany with only speaking English, knowing German will skyrocket your chances. Of course, there are plenty of international job positions that only require the English language, but these tend to be more competitive, so speaking at least some German is a huge asset.

Can I find a job in Germany without speaking German? ›

In short: yes, there are English-speaking jobs in Germany. Foreigners who look for jobs in tech startups or digital departments have a higher chance of finding work in Germany without speaking German.

What is the most common job in Germany? ›

The ten most frequently sought jobs in Germany:
  • Software developer and programmer.
  • Electronics engineer, electrician.
  • Healthcare worker and nurse.
  • IT consultant, IT analyst.
  • Economist, business administrator.
  • Account manager, client consultant.
  • Production assistant.
  • Sales representative, sales assistant.
31 Jul 2018

Can I work in Germany without a degree? ›

It is quite possible to get a job in Germany without having a degree. You would, however, need to have adequate experience or relevant qualifications in a specific field of work. It is easier for European citizens to get a job in Germany without a degree than it is for citizens of other countries.

How do I get a job online with no experience? ›

How to Land an Online Job Without Relevant Experience
  1. Get clear on what skills you need for the job you want. ...
  2. Figure out your transferable skills and highlight them in your job search. ...
  3. Take an online class or earn a certificate. ...
  4. Apply for an online internship. ...
  5. Create an online portfolio (if relevant).
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How do I find a job today? ›

Tips for getting a job today
  1. Make a plan. ...
  2. Treat the job search like it is your job. ...
  3. Be flexible. ...
  4. Apply for jobs that match your qualifications. ...
  5. Keep applying while waiting for results. ...
  6. Consider taking temporary work. ...
  7. Tailor your resume to the job. ...
  8. Simplify your resume.

How do I find a job online? ›

Social media sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook can be an invaluable part of a job search. Visit Take your network online for information and tips on using these sites for job searching. Job boards or job banks are the most common tool used to search for jobs on the Internet.

What is the minimum salary to get work permit in Germany? ›

If you apply for a Blue Card, your salary must be at least 56,400€ per year (before taxes). If there is a shortage of skilled workers in your field, your salary must be at least 43,992€ per year. This list shows which fields have a shortage of skilled workers. If you can, find a job before you come to Germany.

What is a good salary in Germany? ›

According to the StepStone Salary Report 2021 (Stepstone Gehaltsreport 2021), the average gross salary in Germany amounts to €56,985. But most Germans consider a salary ranging between €64,253 and €81,503 a good salary.

How can I get a work visa for Germany? ›

How to Apply for a Germany Work Visa?
  1. Get a job offer in Germany.
  2. Check if you need a visa to Germany for long stays.
  3. Find out where you need to submit your visa application.
  4. Collect all of the required documents according to the instructions.
  5. Make an appointment for a visa interview.

How much does Germany pay per hour? ›

Minimum wage in Germany
DateMinimum wage (gross)
January 1 - June 30, 20219,50 euros per hour
July 1 - December 31, 20219,60 euros per hour
January 1 - June 30, 20229,82 euros per hour
July 1, 2022 onwards10,45 euros per hour

How much is job seeker visa in Germany? ›

Cost of a Germany Job Seeker Visa for Indians
Germany Job Seeker Visa Cost (Approximate Figures)
Cost TypeFee in EURO (per applicant)Fee in INR (per applicant)
Adults756,700
Minors 0-1737.503,400
Funds Requirement (to be shown in the applicant Bank Account)4,5004,50,000
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Which profession is highest paid in Germany? ›

Top 10 Highest Paid Professions in Germany 2022 - 23
  • Researchers in Biotechnology and Neuroscience. ...
  • Surgeons and doctors. ...
  • Judges. ...
  • Bank managers. ...
  • Director of Finance. ...
  • Tourism and hospitality professionals. ...
  • Engineering professions. ...
  • Sales managers.
3 Aug 2022

How long does it take to get a Germany work visa? ›

Applications take about 1-3 months to be processed. After the application has been approved by the Aliens' Authority and –if applicable- by the Work Office (Arbeitsagentur), the Embassy or Consulate General will issue a residence permit in the form of a visa, which will include the authorization to work in Germany.

Can I live in Germany without speaking German? ›

Can you live in Germany without knowing German? It is just about possible to live in Germany without knowing much German. But in order to find employment and to fully integrate into society, you will need to be able to speak and read German to a good standard, especially if you live outside the major cities.

Can I speak English in Germany? ›

Yes, Germans do speak English! However, most expats experience a high language barrier that is created around them as a result of limited German language skills. For expats, Germany acts as a platform to boost their careers.

Where can I find employees in Germany? ›

Public German job sites

The Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit, BA ), the largest provider of labor market services in Germany, has a network of over 700 agencies and offices around the country. Its International Placement Service (ZAV) has information about work opportunities, including casual work.

Where can I post a job ad in Germany? ›

Top Job Posting Sites in Germany
  • Stepstone. Stepstone is one of the most popular job portals in Germany. ...
  • Indeed. Indeed is the world's largest job posting site and offers free as well as sponsored (paid) job postings, and has a significant presence in Germany. ...
  • Kimeta. ...
  • Monster. ...
  • Stellenanzeigen.de. ...
  • Jobrapido (Germany) ...
  • LinkedIn.

Is Germany a republic country? ›

Germany is a federal, parliamentary, representative democratic republic. Federal legislative power is vested in the parliament consisting of the Bundestag (Federal Diet) and Bundesrat (Federal Council), which together form the legislative body.

What is a good salary in Germany? ›

According to the StepStone Salary Report 2021 (Stepstone Gehaltsreport 2021), the average gross salary in Germany amounts to €56,985. But most Germans consider a salary ranging between €64,253 and €81,503 a good salary.

Can I find a job in Germany without speaking German? ›

In short: yes, there are English-speaking jobs in Germany. Foreigners who look for jobs in tech startups or digital departments have a higher chance of finding work in Germany without speaking German.

What is the most common job in Germany? ›

The ten most frequently sought jobs in Germany:
  • Software developer and programmer.
  • Electronics engineer, electrician.
  • Healthcare worker and nurse.
  • IT consultant, IT analyst.
  • Economist, business administrator.
  • Account manager, client consultant.
  • Production assistant.
  • Sales representative, sales assistant.
31 Jul 2018

How many companies are there in Germany? ›

Germany Number of Listed Companies: All Exchanges data was reported at 12,801.000 Unit in Aug 2022. This records a decrease from the previous number of 12,828.000 Unit for Jul 2022.

How can a US citizen get a job in Germany? ›

All persons who wish to seek gainful employment in Germany are required to obtain a residence permit in the form of a visa. Where needed, a work permit will be included in the visa issued for this purpose.

How can I get a job in Germany from Pakistan? ›

If you are interested in finding work in Germany, you may go to Germany on a job seeker visa.
...
The Germany job seeker visa requires its applicants to meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply:
  1. Be of adult age. ...
  2. Have an adequate qualification. ...
  3. Experience requirement. ...
  4. Proof of financial stability.

Is Germany a good place to live? ›

Overall, Germany is a great place to live. It has a high standard of living, a strong economy, and plenty of culture and entertainment options for a good work-life balance. The cost of living can be high in the major cities, but there are also many benefits to living in Germany.

Is Germany a smart country? ›

In a 2019 study titled The Intelligence of Nations, Lynn and collaborator David Becker measured the average IQ of citizens across 132 nations and calculated estimated scores for another 71.
...
Smartest Countries 2022.
CountryIQ2022 Population
Belarus101.69,534,954
Finland101.25,540,745
Liechtenstein101.0739,327
Germany100.7483,369,843
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