On Friday, June 24, Great Britain, like many other nations, woke up to shocking news: The British population, after 43 years of membership, had voted to leave the EU. An outcome which leaves large numbers of the British population in a state of uncertainty. Especially younger generations had, up until now, benefited from open borders, opportunities abroad and their reputation of being skilled and educated workers. Now, with their country of origin in shambles, the valuable possibilities of studying and working abroad seem uncertain. Uncertain to the extent that large numbers of Brits are already reviewing their options of moving their career to other countries. Specifically, large numbers of them are searching for Jobs in Berlin
British users flooding German Jobsites
As reported by Jobspotting.com, their British website visitors quadrupled since the aftermath of Brexit kicked in. The new users have in common that they are mainly searching for Jobs in Berlin
. This reaction hints that many Brits have already started fearing for their jobs – an alarming sign for the future of British Economy.
The British fears post-Brexit
Obviously the rising job search in Berlin is an emotional reaction immediately after the Referendum. No-one seems to be able to predict the effects which the Referendum will have on the economy in- and outside of the United Kingdom. At this moment however, especially In-voters fear their restriction in movement as well as a possible economic crisis.
Within the tech-industry, there have been talks throughout the media of London losing large businesses to the German capital Berlin. Frightening thoughts, which may have triggered the increase of Brits looking for jobs in Berlin.
As a matter of fact, individuals have acknowledged that they have a choice to make: Whether to stay and work for an independent Britain or to start building an existence elsewhere. It is a severe decision that has been forced upon a large number of citizens. Yet, it is a decision that has to be made in the near future.
Germany offering opportunities
Other than the United Kingdom, the German economy seems to benefit from Brexit immediately. A recent proposal made by Sigmar Gabriel
, Germany’s vice chancellor, could lure even more Britons back into the EU. The Social Democratic party would like to offer young Britons dual citizenship. This step is supposed to keep Britain and the EU close. It could, however, damage Britain’s economy severely, by handing an Exit
pass to privileged workers.
Current possibilities for jobs in Berlin
Leaving London for the more affordable Berlin has been a trend for a long time among young Brits. In Particular the startup scene in Berlin is thriving. Relatively cheap rent prices for living and workspace create new businesses constantly. Especially these Startups could get even more international orientated. So-far, American companies used London as a first station to enter Europe. With Berlin competing for the leading role as Europe’s business capitol, we might see a soon increase in US-companies offering jobs in Berlin.
Seeking a job in Berlin right now?
As citizens of Britain still have an EU-Passport, it may as yet apply for jobs in the EU without a work permit or Visa. The job website Jobboerse Berlin
itself focuses on jobs in Berlin, showing the latest job openings in Berlin, and is updated daily. Therefore, British citizens are able to simply apply for any job that fit their profile.
Ultimately, the usual qualifications for working abroad remain the same: sufficient language ability, together with an appropriate and relevant education, are an advantage when looking for a job in Berlin, Paris or other cities in the EU.
View our detailed PDF-Guide to working in Germany for Non-Eu & EU citizens
Permanent residency already possible
According to the European Commision, Brits that have been living in another EU-country for over five years can be granted permanent residence in said country
. This rule still stands as long as the United Kingdom remains an EU-member, which momentarily is the case. No-one is able to predict how long Britain’s actual EU-exit will take. If you have definitely decided to leave Britain to take a job in Berlin or elsewhere anyway – now might still be early enough.
A time of uncertainty – and hope
Young Brits surely cannot be envied at the moment. Not only due to the possible restriction in movement. Between the ages of 18 and 25, making the decision of whether to leave or stay in your country is far too crucial. Leaving now could result in losing the option of returning, while staying might cancel out the chances of working abroad.
For now, however, the exit has not been carried out and it feels as if it will not happen anytime soon. On the contrary, the Referendum might spark extra motivation among young professionals to spend a while working abroad. A year of working in a Brexit-affected country before Brexit kicks in could turn into an opportunity.
For the sake of open trade, business opportunities and unity, the EU and Great Britain are required to part on agreeable terms. After all, millions of open-minded people have been enjoying the perks of travelling, working and living abroad. Let’s hope the referendum isn’t a step in a direction, in which this freedom is erased.