Bixter is a Danish recruitment company with over 15 years of experience in providing qualified employees and international trainees for Agriculture, Food Processing and Hospitality to Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland.
The German labour market of horticulture seasonal workers is a complex and dynamic environment that requires a range of skills and knowledge to navigate successfully. One of the key challenges facing employers in this industry is the shortage of qualified workers, particularly during peak seasons when demand is highest. This shortage can lead to intense competition for workers and increased costs for employers.
At Bixter, we understand the challenges faced by employers in the agriculture industry. Through our extensive network, we have access to a big variety of candidates from different backgrounds and locations who are ready to work in Germany for the whole season. We ensure that all our workers are legally eligible to work in Germany and comply with all relevant labor laws and regulations.
Bixter.work seasonal workers are coming from:
Bixter operates on a legal basis by connecting employers in need of qualified, motivated, affordable, and stable employees with young professionals who have completed relevant Bachelor’s degrees recognized by the German Ministry of Education, those who have relevant work experience in agriculture or candidates who have both: relevant education and experience.
Upon successful selection for a job in the horticulture industry in Germany, candidates will be granted a short-term visa, which enables them to enter, stay and work in Germany for a period of up to 3 months. Bixter will be responsible for handling all the paperwork related to the visa application on behalf of the candidate. This includes preparing and submitting the necessary documents to the German migration services and keeping track of the application status.
Our team of experienced professionals will ensure that the visa application process is carried out smoothly and efficiently, with regular updates provided to the candidate and employers throughout the process. We understand that obtaining a visa can be a challenging task, especially for those unfamiliar with the German immigration system, and we are committed to providing comprehensive support to our international candidates and employers.
It is important to note that the average waiting period for the arrival of an international worker is typically around one and a half months. This is primarily due to the mandatory visa processing time.
As a result, it is crucial for companies to plan ahead and account for this waiting period when organizing their recruitment process. By taking a pragmatic approach and considering the necessary visa processing time, companies can ensure that they are able to receive qualified trainees in a timely manner, while also adhering to all relevant regulations and procedures.
It is important to understand that in Germany, all agricultural seasonal workers are subject to a maximum of 48 working hours per week in accordance with the German Working Hours Act (Arbeitszeitgesetz).
It is important to note, however, that there are certain specific regulations that are unique to agricultural work, which take into account the seasonal nature of the work and the weather conditions. This means that during busy periods, such as harvesting, workers may be required to work longer hours to meet production demands.
At Bixter, we recognize that hiring an overseas worker offers an exceptional opportunity for cultural exchange. It also requires that rules set by local Immigration Services are respected by both parties.
Please note that international employees can only begin working once their work and residence permit has been attached to the employer’s business. Compliance with this requirement is crucial to meet legal obligations and ensure a smooth recruitment process.Our experts will offer detailed guidance regarding the updated migration legislation and will keep you updated if any changes are implemented.
At Bixter, we understand how complicated and time consuming the recruitment and registration process of foreign workers can get. This is why our professional team will be glad to assist you at every step of this way. Prior to your new employee’s arrival to Germany, our offices and global agents take care of the majority of their issues, including visa application completion, travel arrangements, sharing important information about registration procedures and visa validation.
At Bixter, we know how important it is to focus on the most important processes of the business. This is why we are ready to take over the recruitment processes, while the employer can focus on other important activities and grow their businesses.
Here is a breakdown of the operations that Bixter is managing for employers:
– recruitment and pre screening of applicants according to criteria of the employer and migration service regulations,
– sharing important information about the tasks and responsibilities assigned to the employee to make sure he/she has realistic expectations,
– conducting required paperwork for visa application and following up with responsible migration institutions involved,
– managing arrival of international workers, sharing informative booklets on the registration process for a smooth integration process
– providing support for both employer and international employee within the validity of the contract
In order to host international workers, adequate living conditions need to be provided by employers for a monthly rent. The rent needs to be affordable for the international employee, as they will be paying it from their monthly salary.
Here is a list of requirements that need to be fulfilled: