4 April 2022
- More than four million people have fled Ukraine since the Russian offensive began on February 24.
- With 2.3 million refugees, Poland received the largest number of people from Ukraine; The total number of war refugees in Germany was 278,000 at the beginning of April. (All numbers statista.com)
- In the first months of the war, about 10,000 refugees came to Germany every day, and now the number is on average 6000 per day.
“At the same time, it also makes sense to give those who have fled Putin’s terrible war and who will stay with us for the longest time a chance to work.”
Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Hill at the Labor Market Summit on March 30, 2022
Federal Ministry of Labor contact point
“What should I consider in a small job?” – “Is there a minimum wage?” – “How long can I work in a day?” The Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs offers a question and answer page with basic information for Ukrainian refugees to work in Germany. The site is available in Ukrainian, English and Russian languages. Regarding the main question “Can I work in Germany?” It states: “Yes, with the provisional certificate (“Fiktionsbescheinigung”) about your right to residence in accordance with Section 24 Paragraph 1 of the Residence Act, you will also receive permission to work from the responsible aliens authority. But also if all authorities promise speed, there appear to be huge technical problems with the registry, as research by Bayerischer Rundfunk has shown.
Employment agency support
The Federal Employment Agency has created a public page that refugees from Ukraine can click through with information provided by ministries and individual institutions on “accommodation, housing and financial support”. This page is also available in four languages. In addition, the employment agency has set up a service hotline. At 0911-1787915, the questions of Ukrainian refugees are answered in their mother tongue and in Russian (Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.).
NRW Contact Point
“The state government of North Rhine-Westphalia has decided to give Ukrainian refugees the opportunity to quickly and unbureaucratically find a job in the state administration,” says the website of the Ministry of Labor NRW. The state wants to create 20 new jobs for Ukrainian refugees, and ministries and authorities should be able to advertise them in the next few weeks without major bureaucratic hurdles. In order to keep the recruitment process as simple as possible, NRW wants, among other things, to dispense with a complete guide to training and German should not be one of the selection criteria.
Successful private initiative as a business broker
The JobaidUkraine website, which was started and run by volunteers, has completely different numbers. Entrepreneur Marcus Dickmann (contributor and member of the advisory board for Rose Bikes) launched the site on March 1, a few days after the outbreak of the war, along with Christian Weiss (Managing Director of Business One):
“In Germany there is a massive shortage of skilled labor and there is a shortage of more than a million workers in care, agriculture, gastronomy and the digital economy. At the same time, refugee integration can only succeed if people get jobs and opportunities.”
Dickmann explained his motives to the German Press Agency (dpa). The site now has more than 1 million visits and 14,000 job offers. It is said that about 1,500 job interviews have taken place through it.
Another portal, UA Talents, only recently started. Two Ukrainian tech entrepreneurs Ivan Kishati and Nikita Overchik have set up the platform, which it claims already lists more than 5,000 job offers – most of them in the tech sector.
The first employers to advertise directly
According to its own statements, Deutsche Bahn plans to create a job portal and counseling services for Ukrainian refugees. The hotline offers personal advice in Ukrainian and Russian on the German labor market at 030-29734949 (working days are from 8:00 am to 10:00 am). In Frankfurt am Main, Cologne and Berlin, in the week of April 4-10. Counseling centers will be opened. The first job offers for Ukrainian refugees are already online.
The SAP software group has also created its own onboarding service for Ukrainian refugees. The group has vacancies in seven European countries. An additional “Friends Program” is aimed at supporting prospective new employees in Ukrainian and Russian, language courses and psychological assistance are also planned.
Anyone wishing to volunteer for refugees from Ukraine can find preliminary information on the page “German Foundation for Commitment and Volunteering”.