Indians are among the top earners in Germany

One third works in scientific and technical professions. On an average, they earn more than 5000 Euros a month.


Indians who recently immigrated to Germany are often working in well-endowed technical professions, hence they are among the top earners in this country.

Source: Handelsblatt (a leading German-language newspaper)


On an average, they earned 5227 Euros at the end of the year in a full-time job subject to social insurance. The corresponding median wage of all full-time employees and workers were 3646 Euros, with those with a German passport it was 3785 Euros. This is shown by a new short report from the employer-related Institute of the German Economy (IW), which is available to the Handelsblatt(German-language business newspaper) in advance. Indians earn the most in Germany and were able to greatly expand their wage advantage compared to the previous year.
-Author Axel Plunnecke

Even before the Federal Republic opened up more to migrants from third countries with the Skilled Immigrants Act, politicians had specifically recruited qualified workers from India. At the beginning of the new millennium, for example, the then red-green federal government introduced a “green card” rule on a temporary basis in order to alleviate the shortage of personnel in the IT sector. For Indians, the proportion of 33.8 percent is almost five times as high. Immigration is very relevant, especially for personnel requirements in the scientific-technical field: while employment in academic STEM professions among German nationals in the decade from the end of 2012 to the end of 2022 increased by 38.1 percent, the increase among immigrant foreigners was almost 190 percent.

India plays a major role in this. At the end of 2012, according to statistics in Germany, there were ony 3750 employees subject to social insurance in academic STEM professions from the country with around 1.4 billion inhabitants. At the end of 2022, there were more than seven times as many with 27,566. In 2012, the then federal government had created an opportunity for academics from third countries for the first time, without an employment contract for 6 months to travel to look for a job.

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