1st October 2018
Here at 6CATS, we’ve talked before about some of the many reasons why Germany is a top destination for international contractors, but it is worth knowing that the Western European country has a raft of attractions which go beyond its clear appeal to professionals. If your agency places contingent workers overseas, here are some lesser-known facts about the country that might just be the leverage that you need to encourage a contractor to take a post there.
Popular with expats
According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Germany is the second most desirable expat destination in the world, with only the United States proving to be more popular. Figures from the Migration Policy Institute reveal that most immigrants in the country are from elsewhere in Europe, notably Turkey, Poland and Italy.
Paradise for culture vultures
Germany has more galleries and arts establishments than any other country in the world: in fact, there are over 11,000 libraries, 6200 museums, 430 theatres and over a hundred professional orchestras, with more visitors to these than to the likes of football games, despite the latter being the nation’s most popular sport. There’s no doubt, then, that any contractor interested in the arts will be truly spoiled for choice in the destination.
The birthplace of a string of high-achievers
Anyone looking to move to a place steeped in an impressive history of important influencers will be right at home. A number of acclaimed scientists, musicians and artists are German, with perhaps the most notable being the physicist and genius Albert Einstein. In fact, an impressive 107 nationals have won the Nobel Prize. Other notable countrymen include the composers Beethoven, Bach, Strauss, Wagner and Handel, and esteemed philosophers such as Marx, Hegel, Kant and Nietzsche.
A heaven for car lovers
The Germans really love their cars. Not only is the country one of the largest vehicle producers in the world – 5.6 million cars were manufactured there in 2017 alone – in fact, a native, Carl Benz, invented the automobile back in 1886. There are also numerous ways for petrolheads to indulge in their love of motors, including plentiful museums, factory tours, race tracks and the Autobahn – a highway with speed-limit free stretches.
So, if you’re looking to place contractors in the country, it is definitely worth knowing some additional trivia that might appeal to professionals with a penchant for theatre, football, classical music or cars. As always, it is essential for all parties involved in a contract placement in the country to be compliant with local legislation. The easiest, and crucially, safest, way to ensure this is to partner with an expert.
Contact our specialist team today to find out how we can help your agency.