There are certain specific legal requirements in addition to the company registration ones, when setting up a recruitment company in Germany. These requirements apply depending on the type of company to be registered in Germany. However, an employment agency is not required to register with the Federal Labor Market Authority in Germany in order to start operating. Temporary employment agencies are required to obtain authorization with the Labor Authority. The authorization for opening an employment agency in Germany is subject to a fee. Also, the authorization is released for the first three years initially and then the German company may apply for an unlimited authorization.
German recruitment companies are required to register with the Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
Foreign businessmen setting up recruitment companies benefit from flexible structures when registering their companies. Together with the usual types of companies that can be registered as recruitment companies, the law also allows German sole traders and partnerships to operate as employment agencies. The only difference between these types of companies resides in the set up costs and taxation in Germany. The most employed type of company is usually the limited liability company which requires registration with the German Trade Register and with the Accident Prevention and Insurance Association. German recruitment companies may be temporary or permanent.
The recruitment market in Germany has increased during the last years. The registration procedure of an employment company is simple and will take about three weeks. Once the company is registered with the Companies Registrar, the authorization procedure will take another six to eight weeks. The following codes in Section K for real estate, renting and business activities in the Nomenclature for Economic Activities are available for recruitment companies in Germany:
For complete information about registering a recruitment company, please contact our law firm in Germany.
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