If you are in the Tech world you may have heard of Berlin and its rise in the Tech standings. But when it comes down to it, what can Berlin really offer you as a Software Developer if you decide to make the move?
Berlin is the fastest-growing tech hub in Europe and 2nd biggest when it comes to tech investment. In 2018 €3.4 billion was ploughed into the Berlin tech ecosystem. Following where people are prepared to put their money is usually a good start to see if something is worthwhile. Right now, investors are not shying away from putting their money into Berlin Tech companies, and because of this companies have to attract great talent into Berlin in order to keep it growing - and also keep the products and projects world-leading!
Because of this Berlin can now offer a lot for a Software Developer. The 3 most important things I have highlighted below.
1. Truly International
To attract great talent Berlin has opened its doors to some of the brightest and best from all over the world. In 2018 the number of EU Blue Cards issued in Germany was 27,241. Compared to 11,290 in 2013. As a result, it has created a tech melting pot where no matter where you are in the world you can join, work and learn from highly skilled people from different backgrounds.
When a team comes together from different cultures the diversity of ideas is huge. They do say 10 people coming up with 10 different ideas = 100 ideas. 10 people with the same outlook coming up with the same 10 ideas are still just 10 ideas. The international approach seems to be working with some Berlin Tech companies offering the highest rates of growth in the whole of Europe. With many companies offering sophisticated relocation support from impressive temporary accommodation, relocation packages upfront, signing on bonuses, relocation managers to walk you through the Visa process, and personal support to help you adapt to your new settings.
"It is hard to explain in words but 1 visit to Berlin and seeing the freedom on offer and how accepting people are it really is a city where you can be whoever you want to be!"
2. Cost of living
For such an established Tech Hub the cost of living is pretty good compared to other cities in Europe and in Germany. Any research on Berlin rents would point you to the news articles of rent increases in the news, but in relative terms, the rents are still 26% lower than in Munich, and 32% lower than in London. This coupled with rising tech salaries (€61,000 on average for a Software Engineer) it is still making it economical place to pursue your Tech ambitions and start a new future.
3. You can be whoever you want to be
In one of my first-ever meetings in Berlin, the Internal Recruiter said to me that Berlin was a place, “Where you can be whoever you want to be”. At the time I was fresh-faced and really did not get what that meant. Since then, from speaking to people and numerous visits, I see it is a place where people come from all over the world and there is little judgment, stereotyping and so much freedom to explore who you are and be completely accepted for it.