The Impact of Hiring Only Native Speakers in Germany

Jamie Rogers



Jamie Rogers: I personally find I think because maybe I am in the city more of the time that not speaking German isn’t so much of a problem. And I tried to learn it two years ago and use it. And most people just spoke back to me in English. So, I just stopped because I didn’t feel like I need it. But I can imagine maybe if you’re living in one of the rural parts, it probably does become more of a factor.

From a recruitment perspective. If we work for a business that says “Jamie, we need someone that speaks fluent German.” Then we can say “you need to double your time-to-hire.” Because the talent pool is so much smaller. So, from a growth perspective, keeping the business international and English speaking is a significant factor in how quickly you can get the people through the door and inside the business and working. I think the start-ups are a bit more open to that, but not even the larger business, like the medium businesses that are a bit more established, are still slightly behind, and their attitudes are not as modern in, like, yes, we need to be a bit more flexible and give the talent that we need something to make it easier for them to join us.

They’re still in this mindset of we’re a great company. They’re lucky to work for us. They’re lucky that we’re going to hire them, which is the wrong attitude, especially in tech anyway. So, the way you’re doing things definitely the better way.