Yes, it is possible to find jobs in Germany that don’t require you to speak German. This is especially true for full-time digital jobs in tech companies and start-ups in major German cities like Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Düsseldorf. It’s less true for simple part-time jobs that don’t require any special skills.
One of the things that makes finding an English-speaking job in Germany so difficult is the job search, which is usually time-consuming and tedious. If you search for “English jobs” on a regular job portal, many of the results require you to be proficient in English as well as German.
It’s much easier to find English part-time jobs in the Zenjob app. Here, your job matches are always based on your preferences. If you indicate that you don’t speak German, you will only find part-time jobs that don’t require any German skills. This makes it much faster and less frustrating to find English part-time jobs in Germany.
The statutory minimum wage in Germany is €12 gross per hour. The average wage in most part-time jobs at Zenjob is even higher.
If you have a mini-job with an earnings limit (520€-Minijob), you may not earn more than €520 per month in order for it to remain tax-free.
Short-term jobs, like the ones we offer at Zenjob, have no earnings limit.
It depends on the type of employment. The part-time jobs at Zenjob are subject to wage tax (Lohnsteuer), as they are carried out within the framework of short-term employment (kurzfristige Beschäftigung). If you already have a main job, your earnings at Zenjob will be taxed in tax class VI.
Please note that it is often worthwhile to file a tax return at the end of the year, as the final tax burden only becomes clear when all other taxable income is taken into account. It is always possible that you have paid too much income tax over the course of a year. This can happen, for example, if your total income for the year (main income and additional income added together) is below the basic annual tax-free allowance (Grundfreibetrag). In Germany, the basic annual tax-free allowance for single persons is €10,347 per year.
If you work in a €520 mini-job (which you will NOT find at Zenjob), your earnings are usually taxed with a flat-rate tax of 2% of your earnings and covered by your employer.
In general, everyone has the right to take on a part-time job in addition to their main job, as long as they follow certain rules.
- Your main job always has priority. If your part-time job has a negative impact on your main job, your workplace can prohibit you from doing it.
- You must respect the general non-competition clause and any specific clauses in your employment contract. This means that you are not allowed to have a side job with a competitor.
- You must always adhere to the maximum working hours of 8 hours per working day as stipulated in the Working Hours Act (Arbeitszeitgesetz). The law assumes a six-day week, which results in a maximum working time of 48 hours per week. Temporarily, 60 hours per week are possible if you compensate for this excess in such a way that your average weekly working time does not exceed 8 hours per working day within 6 months (or 24 weeks).
- You must observe the legal rest period specified in the Working Hours Act. Between the end of your working day and the beginning of your working day, you must observe a statutory rest period of 11 hours. In other words: if you start your working day at 08:00 am, you must finish all work activities by 09:00 pm at the latest.
That depends not only on when you work but also where. Despite the minimum wage, there are small regional differences in hourly wages throughout Germany. Nuremberg, for example, is one of the most lucrative cities for part-time jobs.
The time of the shift also matters. On Sundays, you could get paid extra and night shifts often have a higher hourly wage than day shifts.
Another factor is the place of work. As a bartender in an exclusive hotel or restaurant, the hourly wage may be higher than in a small establishment.
At Zenjob, additional qualifications can also affect your wage. If you have a driving licence, for example, you may find jobs with a higher hourly wage.
Book English Part-Time Jobs via App
Are you having trouble finding an English part-time job in Germany? Say no more! The Zenjob app provides a wide range of easy side jobs for English speakers across Germany. Download our app, register once, and book an individual shift at one of our partner companies whenever it suits you best – without having to write a single application.
Do you feel like earning some extra money on the side? With the Zenjob app, you can book a simple part-time job near you with just a few clicks. Find suitable side jobs in our app, no matter how experienced you are.
Work in a warehouse
Working in a warehouse is not only a good way to clear your head, but also to get a proper workout. Zenjob offers part-time jobs in large warehouses where you help keep things in order and ensure that everything runs smoothly. Alternatively, you can work in the stockroom of a drugstore, supermarket or hardware store and restock the shelves on the sales floor.
Find part-time driver jobs
Working as a delivery driver is a perfect way to discover the city in a new way. On a bike or in a car, you ensure that customers receive their ordered products quickly and reliably. And in the process, you get a good workout and plenty of fresh air.
Extra money without extra stress
You want to earn more money, but you don’t want to make a long-term commitment. We get that. That’s why you can choose when, where and how often you book jobs in our app. You decide whether you plan your shifts in advance or work spontaneously. It’s up to you whether you want to do a shift after your full-time job or on your days off.
How to find English part-time jobs in Germany
It can be difficult to find a part-time job in Germany that doesn’t require you to speak German. In the Zenjob app, you will only be matched with jobs that suit you. If you don’t speak any German, you will only be matched with jobs in English. All you have to do is register once in our app. Then you can book the jobs that suit you best with just a few clicks, without having to write a single application.
Our part-time jobs take place within the framework of short-term employment (kurzfristige Beschäftigung). You sign a general agreement with Zenjob and work individual shifts at our partner companies. When, where and how often is up to you.
Please note that you must meet some requirements to register with Zenjob.
- You must be over 18 years old.
- You need to have good English or German skills.
- You must either have a main job in Germany that is subject to social security contributions or study full-time at an officially recognized university in Europe.
- You need a valid German ID or a valid passport with a work permit in Germany.
- You need to have a place of residence in Germany, a German social security number (Sozialversicherungsnummer), and European health insurance.