• Germany edition
 
Hundreds of great job opportunities for foreign professionals at Germany's top employers - in cooperation with Monster, Experteer, Stepstone, and CareerBuilder.
What
Where
3,373
jobs available
Find English-speaking professionals with The Local.
Advertise a vacancy
Have Your Say
Is Germany a horrible place to raise a family?
Photo: DPA

Is Germany a horrible place to raise a family?

Published: 18 Dec 2012 11:48 CET

It's long been known that Germany faces a demographic collapse in the coming decades, as too few children are being born to keep the population from shrinking dramatically.

In fact, there are just ten countries in Europe that have a lower birth rate, which at 1.39 children per woman in Germany currently stands far below the replacement rate.

This is despite the buckets of money that Germany spends on families. While married couples with children benefit from hefty tax breaks, all parents also receive hundreds of euros in child subsidies each month. Introducing generous parental leave for up to 14 months a few years ago has also failed to really dent the country's birth dearth.

And a new study released on Monday revealed the country is becoming a less attractive place to have children as people struggle to balance the demands of a family with their careers.

So what's the problem? Do Germans simply not like kids? Are outdated stereotypes about being a "good mother" keeping women at home? Or have the authorities failed to offer enough day care options for working parents?

Have your say.

Registered users of The Local may add their comments in the field below. If you haven’t signed up yet, you can do so here – it’s free and only takes a moment.

The Local (news@thelocal.de)


Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article:

The comments below have not been moderated in advance and are not produced by The Local unless clearly stated. Readers are responsible for the content of their own comments. Comments that breach our terms and conditions will be removed.

ADD YOUR COMMENT   (YOU MUST LOG IN OR REGISTER TO MAKE A COMMENT)
Your German Career
Germany's Federal Employment Agency has identified the job sectors the country is most short of workers for. JobTalk looks at where the vacancies lie.
Students at German universities have shown themselves to be a risk-free lot in a survey by Ernst & Young. The civil service is their most popular choice of future profession, while job security is valued above all else.
Jenny Core, originally from Bolton, England, shares her tips in this week’s My German Career on being an artist in Berlin. The 27-year-old exhibits her work regularly in the city, including next to a Turner Prize shortlister.
In this week's JobTalk, Tanya Schober, who is originally from India, talks us through her journey to German citizenship.
In this week's My German Career, Anupama Gopalakrishna, who is originally from Bangalore in India, tells The Local about her new life in Frankfurt.
In this week's My German Career, US pastor Jeff Ingram, 54, talks about life in the church and the advantages as well as the downside of Germany's desire for order.
German Employment News
More young people are choosing university degrees over vocational training, leaving firms scrambling to find qualified new hires.
Despite the ease of work visa regulations for non-EU citizens with certain job qualifications, few potential immigrants are taking advantage.
Stress at work is resulting in more German employees than ever before stopping work before they reach retirement age, a new study shows. So what are the main triggers to watch out for?
The labour minister of Germany’s most-populous state has called for an “anti-stress law” to be introduced to stop people being contacted by their bosses out of office hours.
The first email in Germany was sent 30 years ago on Friday and today 62 percent of people in Germany receive at least 20 emails a day. But rules over receiving and sending emails outside of work hours in Germany are still not clear-cut.
Foreigners from outside the EU suffer from a much lower employment rate in Germany than native citizens and EU immigrants, a study confirmed on Wednesday.

Assistant for distribution process management
You will be working in conjunction with our wholesale retailer partners and will be responsible for managing and distribution process of various consumer products. As an effective assistant for distribution process management you will organize product delivery to domestic and international customers, ensure that our clients will receive excellent service experience that we are known for.
FULL JOB AD »

Sterling Medical Corporation
hesse
Careerbuilder
Added 08/21/14

Orizon
hesse
Careerbuilder
Added 08/21/14

Experteer
bawu
Careerbuilder
Added 08/21/14

Career Management GmbH
hesse
Careerbuilder
Added 08/21/14

Orizon
hesse
Careerbuilder
Added 08/21/14

PwC
Monster
Added 08/21/14

Experis GmbH
bavaria
Monster
Added 08/21/14

Experis GmbH
hesse
Monster
Added 08/21/14

EURO LONDON APPOINTMENTS BRINKDOOR LTD. Niederlassung Frankfurt
hesse
Monster
Added 08/21/14

Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
nrw
Monster
Added 08/21/14