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Excerpted from the Germany Career Guide

Germany's IT market is Europe's largest. The country’s IT industry employs about 850,000 workers, making it the second-largest employment sector after machinery and equipment manufacturing.

Germany is also Europe's e-commerce leader and appears poised to retain that status for some time to come.Last year was a record-breaking year, showing an 18.5 percent increase with 21.7 billion EUR spent online by consumers. A study by Boston Consulting Group predicts Germany's e-commerce sector will grow as much as 4 percent by 2016,andGermany's National E-Commerce and Distance Selling Association (BVH) expects increased sales this year.

Salaries

Although IT positions are decreasing as companies outsource low-level services, retained professionals take on more responsibilities and thus receive higher salaries.

IT managers can expect a salary increase of 4 percent this year, compared to 5.2 percent last year. Increases are represented mainly by bonus payments. Salaries for IT managers vary greatly depending on the industry, with lower salaries at automotive companies.

Organizations and Trade Associations

Bundesverband Informationswirtschaft, Telekommunikation und Neue Medien (BITKOM)
Federal Association for Information Technology Telecommunications and New Media

http://www.bitkom.org/ (German, English)
BITKOM, the German Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media, is part of the Federal Association of German Industry (Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie). BITKOM represents more than 1,300 companies, with 950 direct members; it includes practically all of the global players in its ranks, as well as 600 key midsize companies. This means BITKOM represents about 90 percent of Germany’s ICT market. BITKOM’s main goals are to promote the companies in the information, communications and media industries; to make their views heard in politics and the press; and to advance Germany’s progress as an information society. In addition, the association offers a broad range of member benefits, including more than 400 free forum meetings and working groups focused on topics such as managing customers and competitors; exclusive market analyses and industry surveys; up-to-date information on the industry; general business terms and recommended conditions; legal advice (e.g., changes in legal liability); and shared booths at trade fairs at home and abroad.

BITKOM eV
Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media
Albrechtstrasse 10
D-10117 Berlin
Tel: +49 (0)30 27 57 60
Fax: +49 (0)30 27 57 6400
Email: bitkom@bitkom.org

Publications

Computerwoche
Computerweek

http://www.computerwoche.de/ (German)
Computerwoche is the leading German weekly journal for the ICT sector. It has been on the market since 1974 and is sold mainly by subscription. Computerwoche is part of world’s largest IT publisher, International Data Group (IDG). Articles focus on trends, new technologies, products and markets in the ICT sector. The journal is also available online.

IDG Business Media GmbH
Lyonel-Feininger-Strasse 26
D-80807 München
Tel: +49 (0)89 3 60 86 0
Fax: +49 (0)89 3 60 86 118
Email: cw@computerwoche.de

This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete Germany Guide.



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