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Comprehensive Employment and Tax Guide Germany

General Overview

- Currency: Euro (EUR)
- Languages: Daily and business communication in German.
- Public Holidays: Total of 9 to 13 days, varies by state.
- Capital: Berlin
- Fiscal Year: Running from Jan 1 to Dec 31.
- Minimum Hourly Wage: €9.82 (2022).

Tax Essentials

- Income Tax Range: From 14% to 45%.
- Other Taxes: VAT 19%, Corporate tax 15-30%.

Social Security Contributions

- Employer Charges: From Approx. 19% to 20%.
- Employee Charges: From Approx. 20% to 21%.

Employment Contracts & Conditions

- Contract Types: Permanent, Fixed-term, Mini-jobs.
- Trial Periods: Up to 6 months.
- Paid Holiday: 20 days (minimum).
- Salary Payment Frequencies: Monthly.
- Termination Notice: Notice period varies by tenure, up to 7 months.

Legal Benefits for Employees

- Medical Coverage: State (comprehensive healthcare) with optional private.
- Common Non-Compulsory Benefits: Additional pension, health insurance, meal vouchers.

Hiring Non-Resident/Non-European Workers

- Visa & Work Permits Obligation: Yes, for non-EU/EEA citizens.
- High-Skilled Worker Permits: EU Blue Card; requires a recognized university degree and a job offer with a salary at least 1.5 times the average gross annual salary.
- Visa & Work Permits Timelines: Up to 3 months.

The information provided on these countries serves as a general guideline and may
require verification and updates from legal sources or official websites.