Why Germany’s tech scene is ‘so hot right now’
Bristol may be establishing itself as a leading tech hub, but a fierce contender has entered the ring and is ready to fight for the accolade.
It’s name? Berlin.
According to PitchBook, a startup is founded every 20 minutes in the German capital. In fact, Dealroom.co reveals that startups are the fastest-growing job-creating sector in Berlin, employing over 78,000 people. Around 19,000 (32%) of these roles were created in the last two years alone.
The city’s biggest 10 startups – featuring the likes of Zalando, Delivery Hero and N26 Group – employ 17% of startup workers. And many of the fastest hiring German startups are based in Berlin, such as digital coaching platform CoachHub, e-scooter brand TIER Mobility and Quarters, which operates co-living sites in cities across the globe.
But, with the startup economy booming in German cities like Berlin, there’s a dwindling pool of local talent to fill the roles. In fact, Medium says that an extra 700,000 tech specialists will be needed in Germany by 2030. Also by 2030, the country is expected to have a skills shortage of at least three million workers.
In Berlin, it’s no surprise the most in-demand fields are tech-based. That is, roles in IT, software design, graphic design, UX and UI.
So, is it time you looked for a new role, in a new city?
Why join a startup?
There are oodles of reasons why techies should consider working for a startup. Among them are the opportunities to innovate, upskill and be instrumental in the company’s success story. And let’s not forget the typical startup culture as being one that pioneers modern ways of working in a casual, yet highly productive environment.
One of the main draws of Berlin is that living costs are much lower than its European counterparts (*cough* London *cough*). To give you an idea, average monthly rental on a one-bed apartment stands at just €741 – an absolute steal compared to London (€1,878), Paris (€1,064), Dublin (€1,423) and Amsterdam (€1,402).
A bottle of wine costs an average of €5 (€9 in London) while half a pint of domestic beer will set you back €0.89 (€2.03 in London). Cheers to that – or should we say, Prost!
Cheaper living costs can mean a better quality of life, and just like any other capital Berlin is jam-packed with things to see, do and discover. The city boasts a vibrant culture and inspiring architecture, with its turbulent history ever-present in its streets. The foodie scene is second to none, and its nightlife is world-renowned.
While Berlin steals the lion’s share when it comes to startups, Germany is blessed with numerous tech hubs in cities including Dusseldorf, Munich, Cologne and Hamburg. All of which are looking for top talent to be a part of their booming tech scene.
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