We would like to help you understand how to use a relocation company to assist your employees. What are the benefits for your business and your team in outsourcing this service to new recruits or employees who are taking up a position in a new location?
Whether you are hiring new recruits from abroad or moving existing employees from one office to another office in a different location, there are many administrative tasks and other things which need to be organised to get the person moved, settled in and integrated into their new role.
- Time is money and if your employee can be efficiently supported then the time it takes to get their move organised can be optimised. By working with a relocation company you won’t need an in-house department and you will draw on people who bring the highest levels of experience and expertise.
- Providing the option of a supported relocation is good for the company image, it shows that you value your employees, their families and their wellbeing.
- Being able to offer a professionally supported relocation is a big asset when headhunting, it will give your company an advantage as it gives the employee incentive to move without feeling like a relocation would be too overwhelming.
- Show your employee that you value their time by letting them avoid the ‘leg’ work when they partner with a relocation consultant they are relieved of all the big and small organisational tasks related to a move.
- Supporting not just the employee but also their spouse and/or their family is also hugely beneficial to the overall well being of the employee.
- The way an employee feels once they have moved to a new location can be imperative to their productivity. If they feel settled and happy then they will be motivated to start into their new role. They can be present physically and mentally knowing all the formalities of their move have been taken care of.
- There are many costs, such as hotel costs, which can be avoided if an employee can relocate directly into furnished accommodation or their own apartment/house. Having a relocation partner on the ground makes organising this possible!
At IRC we can provide the support your employees need for a successful relocation. We have experienced staff, who understand the relocation from both a professional and personal point of view and who have the know-how to navigate any challenges which may arise. Let’s begin the relocation journey together!
Contact us now on: www.irc-berlin.com
What do you think of when you hear relocation? We often find that people don’t know what a relocation actually entails and what a relocation company actually does and all the fantastic benefits that come with being supported during a move. Let us explain ….
Companies offer their employees a job or promotion in a new location, this could be across the country or on another continent. Part of this job offer can be a relocation package, whereby the employee is offered support in all areas financial, organisational to a relocation partner at the destination who will work with the employee and their family to ensure a successful transition into their new home.
This can include:
- Visa & Immigration
- Home search (temporary & permanent)
- Property handover
- Registration with the local authorities
- Finding schools/kindergartens
- Registration of utilities
A comprehensive relocation package can ensure that an employee will be able to fully concentrate on their new position and feel supported in their new circumstances.
There are many advantages to working with a relocation company. Starting with their expertise and experience in some of the most fundamental aspects such as immigration and visa requirements. A relocation consultant understands what issues arise during a local or international move and is able to provide tailormade support to each individual client, whether someone is moving with a family, they have specific needs at their new location or they are required to dive straight into work and don’t have time to spend on all the details. The professional support can deal with all the unique challenges each individual relocation brings. A relocation company provides in depth knowledge and current information of the destination, thus giving a great local insight to the assignee.
This is where IRC comes in, we are a comprehensive partner in Germany to support in all aspects of relocation.
A nationwide warning day will take place for the first time on September 10, 2020 and will then be carried out annually on every second Thursday in September. On the joint day of action by the federal and state governments, all warning devices will be tested throughout Germany. Precisely at 11 a.m., warning devices such as sirens are triggered simultaneously in counties and municipalities with a test alarm.
Do not be alarmed, this is a TEST which will be ended at 11.20am on 10.09.2020.
For more information, please see: https://warnung-der-bevoelkerung.de/
We are excited to announce: IRC has moved our website to a climate positive host on WordPress. For every WordPress page, a tree is planted and the data processing centres and offices are guaranteed to be run completely generated by hydro-power.
Through WordPress partnership with RAIDBOXES they currently offset 40.48 tons of CO2 every month, in addition to the trees that have been planted – by funding certified carbon and plastic offsetting projects through Get Mads. This corresponds to a CO2 saving of more than 160,000 car kilometres.
The Child-care system in Berlin is fantastic however one of the biggest issues we see in our ‘new Berliners’ arriving with young families is finding Kita placement. We would like to introduce two great new start-ups which are offering an interim solution to bridge this problem and/or provide an alternative.
Work’n’Kid: Co-working with Child-care
Work’n’Kid understands the need to create a work-family balance; they offer a reliable child-care service on-site. They have a team of experienced childminders that take care of your child right next door to the coworking space and you have the chance to continue working at your own speed. In addition to your flexible desk and the existing infrastructure, they can provide you with plenty of networking opportunities with like-minded people from different backgrounds. Work’n’kid targets mainly parents of children from the age of 4 months to 3 years; however, if your children are older they are open to helping you find a solution. The costs can be reimbursed by your local Jugendamt, Work’n’Kid can assist you with the application for this.
Kids Circle: Childcare nearby & Online child-care
Kids Circle Nearby . Each group of children is looked after by accredited Kids-Coaches with extensive child-care experience. Activities span a wide range from playing, handicrafts or painting to dancing, reading, theatre and joint storytelling or music. The child-care is provided at 5 outdoor locations in Berlin and upon request at other locations too. Nearby takes place outdoors in all weather and only move to a child-friendly indoor location in case of heavy rain or thunderstorms.
They offer you:
- loving child-care care close to home (e.g. the park or the playground next door) through a large number of care services & Kids-Coaches
- flexible bookable child-care, 2 or 3-hour child-care care offers, which provide the greatest possible flexibility; can be booked up to 3 hours before the start
Online Childcare Kids Circle offers exciting online child-care services for children from 4 years to 11 years. Up to 4 children meet in a video conference and are looked after by online-proven Kids-Coaches. The coaches encourage the children to participate and are also the contact person for questions. The children can see each other and talk and interact with each other. The video conferences last 60 minutes and follow-up care of 30 or 60 minutes can be conveniently booked online. The video conferences are hosted on the Norwegian provider Whereby for data protection reasons because parents do not have to enter any personal data. In addition, the operation is very user-friendly and easy to understand.
At IRC we are a proud ally of all LGBTQI* and the LGBTQI* community. Our ethic and work environment is one of openness, inclusion and anti-discrimination.
Berlin lives and loves diversity, home to a beautiful and vibrant LGBTI* Community. Berlin-Schöneberg was one of the first districts to be famous for its gay culture, starting in the 1920’s it first became the gay capital of the world. CSD pride parade is a highlight of the year, as thousands gather to watch the celebrations down the Ku’damm – Berlin is proud to be rainbow!
We would like to share some helpful links with you.
LGBTQI* Guide for Berlin:
LGBTQI* Families in Berlin: https://berlin.lsvd.de/projekte/regenbogenfamilien-berlin/
Counselling Services: http://www.lsbti-berlin.de/english/
“Hope will never be silent.” -Harvey Milk
Josi is our newest team member, she is supporting the office & consultant team as a Werkstudentin (Student Trainee).
Josi in her own words: I live for art and design and which is what I do all day long. I am also studying for my Bachelor in Media Design here in Berlin and supporting IRC with my all intuition and skills. I am having a lot of fun and I am really looking forward to seeing what tasks await me in this new position!
Kindergeld (Child allowance) is something every new resident of Germany with children needs to know about. It is a payment made to parents for each child living at home up until the age of 18. It is paid monthly and can be seen as a type of tax relief for families. Read on to get information on how to apply!
Kindergeld is a payment made available to all families regardless of the parent’s income. The amount you receive per child is based on how many children you have:
- 204€ for each of the first two children
- 210€ for the third child
- 235€ for the fourth and each additional child
You are eligible to apply for Kindergeld once you have been officially registered as a resident at the town hall (Anmeldung). You must have an Aufenthaltstitel for at least 2 years. Then you will receive a tax ID number for your child/ren which you will need to also submit for the application.
In order to apply for Kindergeld, a completed application is sent to the Familienkasse, the Familienkasse for Berlin/Brandenburg is situated in Berlin. Once the application form has been handed in, the processing time can vary but expect at least up to 4 weeks – however, in some cases, the processing time can be much longer sometimes depending on where people have moved from. Once the application has been approved you will also receive a back-payment for the time you have been in registered in Germany.
For more information please see: How to Germany: Kindergeld
About the author
Hi there! My name is Juli Buchanan. I have German roots but I grew up in New Zealand and I have been living in Germany since 2004. I love sharing my passion for Berlin and all it has to offer with new ‚Berliners‘ and through my work as a freelance Relocation Consultant with IRC I have the opportunity to do so.
IRC has launched a new and improved website, we invite you to come and read some more in-depth information about our work and our wonderful team!
Face masks become mandatory from the 27.04 on public transport in Berlin and they are highly recommended for use while shopping. Most of Germanys 16 States have implemented similar requirements. Although masks do not replace social distancing and hygiene, they can help to stop the spread of droplets and are therefore recommended. We want to help you to find a mask for you!
Here are some options for procuring masks for personal use.
Von Jungfeld – Cotton masks plain/statement pieces, you can also buy one donate one. *non-medical
Oderso – Polypropylen, 5 or 10 pack of masks for a fair price of 12€ or 22€ *non-medical
Sew a mask yourself:
nebenan.de instructions *non-medical
youtube tutorial sewing *non-medical
youtube upcycle an old t-shirt, no sew *non-medical