Employment Contract

What should be in your employment contract ?
In any case, your employment contract should contain the following information:

Name and address:

From you and the company.

Start of contract:

From what date are you an employee of the company (i.e. when is the contract valid?).

Time limit:

Is your contract only valid for a certain period of time? When does the contract end? A time limit must be agreed in writing, otherwise the employment contract is deemed to be concluded for an indefinite period.

Trial period:

How long is the trial period? This is the time when you or the company can end the contract relatively quickly.

Place of work:

where will you work? If you will be working in different locations, this should be stated in the contract.

Job description:

What will your tasks be in the company?

Working hours:

How long do you have to work per week?


How many days of vacation can you take per year?


How much money will you get for your work? Will the company pay you bonuses or bonuses in addition to your normal wages, for example at Christmas or for weekend work? When does the company pay the wages - at the end or at the beginning of the month? Please note: As a rule, gross remuneration is agreed. Taxes and contributions for social insurance such as health, long-term care, pension and unemployment insurance are deducted from these amounts.


How long in advance do you or the company have to give notice that the employment relationship is to be terminated by giving notice?

Collective agreements and works agreements:

In addition to the employment contract, special regulations often apply. Employers' associations and trade unions, for example, have concluded collective agreements in many branches of the economy. Collective agreements can regulate wages, bonuses or vacation entitlements, for example. Companies can also conclude contracts themselves with their works council - as a representative of the employees' interests. These are called company agreements. You can ask your employer whether such contracts apply to you. A reference to this can also be found in your employment contract.

You applied and got a job offer. Congratulations! Nothing stands in the way of your career in Germany. All you have to do is sign the employment contract.

Reputable employers will always send you a written contract. Please read the contract carefully before signing it. If you don’t understand something, no problem: ask the HR department or the company’s HR manager. Oral employment contracts are not standard in Germany.

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