The job situation in Germany

The employment situation for junior doctors has become considerably easier as of late. Junior doctors still have a good chance of getting a position, provided that they fulfill all the requirements. However, the shortage of doctors in Germany varies considerably between areas. In the larger towns and close to university towns, there is higher competition for jobs, whereas in some other regions, the situation is quite different. Specialists who have qualifications which are recognised in Germany are particularly sought after.

The big advantage for junior doctors in Germany, in comparison to those in the UK, is the ease with which a training post can be obtained (speciality training). The main obstacle for most foreign doctors who wish to come to Germany is generally inadequate German language skills. Fundamentally, all EU citizens with an undergraduate degree from the EU and qualification as a doctor from an EU country, should be eligible for a licence to practice in Germany, upon application. Specialist exams are also recognised. However, proof of adequate language skills is mandatory. In most federal states, a certificate from the Goethe Institute or a telc language test is required as proof of language skills. For this, level B2 (CEFR) should be adequate for the initial application. In addition, almost all the state medical councils demand that applicants have passed an examination in medical German.

The exact application procedure is somewhat confusing because of the German federal system, with the 16 federal states and 21 authorities. You can obtain individual guidance from an independent company recommended by the AGMS upon written request.

An application is only advisable if you have adequate language skills. Reputable recruitment consultants will be happy to help you with your career planning, at no cost.