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In the IT sector, a competitive behaviour with regard to qualified specialists has been evident for years. According to the German Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (Bitkom), the shortage in 2019 was greater than ever before – 124,000 specialists in the application areas of software development, IT security, cloud computing, big data, data mining were missing in German companies and public authorities. This trend is set to worsen.
Recruiting IT professionals from Eastern Europe is the solution to persistent IT skills shortages
Despite enormous efforts to recruit qualified applicants, many IT departments come up empty and unable to fill positions for considerably long times. The affected companies suffer on an economic level, but the IT skills shortage is also a real problem for Germany and the entire DACH region as a business location.
Because without IT experts:
No IT security
No digital transformation
And therefore, no competitiveness can be secured.
In short: Germany is in danger of losing touch with ever-developing reality. With the amended Skilled Worker Immigration Act, politics is providing a promising solution to a challenge. It enables German companies to actively recruit IT specialists from Eastern Europe, even if they come from non-EU countries.
IT specialists who are urgently needed in the DACH region and whom we place are as follows:
» Software Developer
- Backend developers with the skills: Java, Kotlin, .NET, NodeJs, SQL (e.g. PostgreSQL, MySQL)
- Front-end developer with the skills: Angular, React, Vue, jQuery, Bootstrap, Blazor, Svetle
- DevOps with the skills: Docker, Kubernetes, Pipelines, Linux, Databases, Cloud (Azure, AWS, Google Cloud)
- Full stack developers
» Data Scientists
» Data Engineer
» SAP Consultant
» SAP Developer
» Cloud Architect
» Cloud Engineer
» IT Security Expert
» IT Project Manager with skills in Scrum or Kanban
With a degree, training or relevant work experience in one of these fields, applicants in Germany have excellent opportunities on the labour market.
But where do you get skilled IT professionals from abroad?
Find IT professionals from Eastern Europe – rely on Talentgain!
Looking for Data Scientists, SAP S/4 HANA Solution Architects or Software Developers from Eastern Europe? Our pool of candidates includes German and Eastern European IT professionals.
However, if you have never recruited a specialist from abroad before, you will be confronted with many questions, such as:
- What is the placement process like?
- What laws do we have to comply with?
- Where can we get support in integrating new employees?
Rely on a specialised placement agency like Talentgain. We will clarify all your questions and support you throughout – individually and tailored to your needs.
We at Talentgain are the specialists for IT experts from Eastern Europe – contact us!
Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions:
From which Eastern European countries can I get skilled IT specialists?
Excellent IT specialists are trained in Eastern European countries such as Ukraine, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia. Russian and Ukrainian education standards in science subjects are among the highest in the world. Among the top 10 countries with the best software developers, Poland ranks third in 2020 and Ukraine fifth. Eastern European developers are extremely ambitious in developing their skills and, accordingly, are often hired by leading technology companies. Apart from a first-class education, 80 per cent of developers have a medium to high level of English, which ensures smooth communication with foreign colleagues.
Our applicant pool primarily includes IT experts with excellent language and technical skills in.
Does an applicant's qualification have to be recognised?
University graduates with IT qualification are generally entitled to take up employment in Germany. Depending on origin, place of residence and residence status, a certificate evaluation may be necessary. If this is not the case, it is still advisable to apply, as it brings decisive advantages to all parties involved: employers can better assess the qualification awarded and subsequently, the applicant’s chances of employment increase. Those who have completed training may have to have it duly recognised before entering Germany.
What is a Blue Card and who receives it?
The Blue Card in Europe is almost the same as the Green Card in the USA. Since 2002, university graduates from third countries have been able to apply for such a special residence and work permit in Germany and any other EU country. In addition to having completed their studies, applicants must have a job, earning at least € 55,200 gross per year. For so-called shortage occupations, such as doctors, engineers and IT specialists, the lower limit for the annual salary is lower – they only have to prove annual earnings of at least € 43,056. In this case, however, a comparability check is first carried out by the Federal Employment Agency. The working conditions, such as working hours and salary, are checked. The Federal Employment Agency must also give its approval for the Blue Card to be issued. Whether there is a shortage of labour or not, the Blue Card offers further advantages. Permanently employed academics, for example, can apply for a residency permit after 33 months, and after 21 months, if they can prove they have the necessary German language skills.
Salaries, allowances and co.: What does an IT expert from Eastern Europe cost?
Salaries for IT specialists in private sector vary. If the company is bound by collective agreements, the provisions of the collective agreement apply to Eastern European employees. In public sector, the TVöD (collective agreement of the federal government) or TV-L (collective agreement of the federal states) apply. The classification is based on many variables, such as experience and previous career. Salaries have only recently been raised. In order to become more attractive as an employer for highly specialised IT staff, the federal government has established even more financial incentives from 2019. The specialist allowance, for example, which adds € 1,000 per month to the accounts of IT experts. In individual cases, recruitment and retention bonuses will be paid as well.
How do I ensure that I find the right candidate for my company?
We follow a proven three-step strategy to provide companies with the experts who are the perfect fit for them. To do this, we interview all candidates in a three stage process. This allows us to evaluate the candidates from different perspectives.
- Our first interview is a conversation on a cultural level. This allows us to better understand the candidate’s personal background.
- The second interview is designed to assess the applicant’s technical skills. This interview is a mixture of technical questions and an assessment of previous experience.
- The third interview is dedicated to behavioural questions. Here we also check references. It is important to us that candidates have excellent soft skills and are good team players.
SKILLED LABOUR IMMIGRATION ACT
The Skilled Workers Immigration Act was passed on 1 March 2020 and is intended to ease the situation on the German labour market. It regulates who may immigrate and under what conditions. Until then, it was almost impossible for workers from non-EU countries to work and live in Germany. All stakeholders hope for an improvement, especially for the health sector and the IT industry.
Lack of training content
Must be made up in the home country
Can be purchased in Germany
Job search visa
Can only be applied for by university graduates
Can also be applied for by trained professionals
Limitation to shortage occupations
Applicants from third countries may only work in shortage occupations.
Skilled workers from third countries can work according to their training
Applicants from Germany and the EU are recruited with priori
Trained professionals from third countries are recruited on an equal footing
Access for IT professionals
Recruitment only with completed studies or training
Recruitment also possible with proof of work experience
Duration of the entry procedure
Regularly four months for all applicants from third countries
Shortening by up to two months possible