If you’ve started looking for jobs in Europe, you need to make sure that the city you choose has, not only jobs, but a good working and living environment. While you’re going to spend most of your waking hours working, once you’re clocked out, you’re going to be in your apartment, touring your new home, taking transportation or driving your vehicle and finding places where you can shop and spend your earnings. Thinking of your job specialty, whether it’s vocational, technical or even technological, you need to make sure that your chosen European city has a documented need for workers in your field. After all, if you are interested in European jobs, it wouldn’t do to choose a city that didn’t need your job skills.
Best European Work Sectors
Currently, the technology sector is one of the strongest in several European cities, according to Move Hub. Entrepreneurs are also in high demand, because several continental cities are looking for those who specialise in this area to help rebuild their economies.
Careers in hospitality and the hotel industry are also strong for those who want to work abroad in Europe. Nearly 600 million more travelers visited European cities in 2014 than in 2013. Whatever you’re thinking of, make sure you do your homework before making your final decision. If your profession has a well-documented need that is expected to last for some time, then start making your travel plans.
Moving from the bottom of the list up, we’re beginning with Amsterdam. The Netherlands offer favourable tax conditions, especially for those who plan to begin new, entrepreneurial concerns. In addition, the unemployment rate sits at a low 3.5 percent.
It helps to know the basics of the language, so take some beginning lessons before you begin filling out those job applications. If, however, you’re going to work in a professional field, you won’t need to worry about this. You’ll find that one-third of all jobs available in Amsterdam are offered by foreign companies with an office in Holland.
As you continue looking for the best cities to work in while considering a move to Europe, don’t overlook Copenhagen, Denmark. This beautiful city moved into the Top Ten list in a Quality of Living survey compiled and released by Mercer, a global consultancy. Most European cities, though not all, are highly livable, with a welcoming social and political environment, good medical care, education, housing and consumer goods.
Whether you move by yourself or with your family, you need to make sure that, where you move, you’ll have a stable environment, along with opportunities to progress in your field.
Look to Vienna if you’ve been wanting to live and work in Europe. While knowing German is helpful for your leisure times, you won’t need to be familiar with the language in your job. It is a good idea to have a firm grasp of German if your working plans include promotions.
Again, technology makes the cut for foreign workers moving to Vienna. Other work sectors include the United Nations and marketing. Brush off your CV and start looking at those job postings!
If you’ve always wanted to live in Switzerland (and eat that delectable chocolate!), add it to your professional plans. After you finish work for the weekend, you’ll be able to walk in the countryside, tour your new home and spend your earnings.
You’ll also be able to take advantage of generous leave policies, enabling you to relax for several weeks at a time while you are on holiday.
Why not consider the “City of Lights” as you look for job opportunities? The hospitality field is strong here, with Paris predicted to achieve a 1.8 percent “revenue per available room” growth.
If you are employed in a marketing or hospitality experience, Euro 2016’s football matches will be held in Paris and nine other host cities in June and July. This means your knowledge and experience will be in high demand before, during and probably after the football matches conclude.
Look back to Switzerland, but focus in on Geneva for another expat working opportunity. This lovely city broke the top ten list with Mercer, allowing you to consider whether you’ll be able to find a job posting in your field.
Now that Romania doesn’t live under Soviet law any more, its economic prospects are looking up. In fact, it is one of the few European cities to be described as a “tiger economy.” As you search for jobs in Europe, Bucharest will be one of the best cities to work in. Economic growth is pegged at 4 percent and wages are going up regularly. In fact, the Romanian standard of living rivals that of Western European cities. The government has been busy crafting and passing laws meant to aid telecom and energy investment.
Frankfurt, Germany. One of the most famous cities in Europe makes this list, offering foreign workers an opportunity to work in one of several profitable sectors. During the weekend, take some time off, get on the autobahn and tour nearby small cities, attractions and museums.
Tech startups are attracted to Berlin, with over 100,000 new jobs expected to be created by 2020. Why is this? Berlin isn’t afraid to rely on collaboration with tech entrepreneurs.
The city is blessed with venture capitalists who have the vision to work closely alongside tech startups with new, daring ideas. If this is your field, check it out and find your niche. One of those startups is Soundcloud, which helps to attract other tech firms with good ideas.
Another German city that makes the list is Dusseldorf. You’ll be close to historical sites that, on your weekends off, you’ll want to explore. The political climate is stable and the living environment is safe for workers and their families. So, if you find your work field is in high demand here, start researching. You may just find yourself moving here.
Barcelona, Spain, suffered greatly in the recession, but it is nearing the end of that troubling time. Unemployment is going down and Barcelona is one of the European cities beginning to flourish.
Technology and IT are two of the fastest-growing sectors here, partially because the Spanish government offers subsidies and incentives to incoming businesses. It’s helpful to learn some Spanish before you come over.
Our third German city makes it onto this list, with good reason. Munich is a city on the go and growing. It’s not only about Oktoberfest here. Foreign companies are attracted to Munich because of its business-friendly environment.
If you come here to work, feel free to bring your family. The city is clean, easy to navigate and safe.
Just as the U.S. has Silicon Valley, Dublin, Ireland has the “Silicon Docks,” with Twitter, Google, Facebook, Amazon and LinkedIn all having field offices here. Dublin seems to attract tech startups—Dropbox has set its international headquarters here.
Beyond those two pieces of information, a skills gap is growing ever wider in Dublin. If you speak English and you have tech experience, you will be welcomed. Look for these jobs in Europe. Find your match and start the process.
Another Swiss city takes the top spot on our list. Zurich has a strong presence in the finance sector, making it a natural for anyone with professional finance and economics experience. You and your family will thrive here among the community of expats. In addition, you’ll be able to tour the countryside and travel into other European countries.