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GIZ - an award-winning employer

GIZ is independently recognised as a ‘fair company’ and a family-friendly workplace, and is a popular employer among young professionals. Just look at some of the awards we have received. 


A ‘fair company’

GIZ has been awarded ‘Fair company’ status by the karriere.de initiative and the business newspaper Handelsblatt. This award is given to companies that embrace ethical business practices and give graduates a fair chance. We are fully committed to the five rules that set fair companies apart:

  • We do not replace full-time posts with internships.

  • We do not offer university graduates who have applied for an employed post an internship instead.

  • We do not try to attract interns with vague promises of later full-time employment.

  • We offer internships primarily to help young people decide where their future career lies while they are studying.

  • We pay interns appropriately.


Universum Young Professional study

As part of the 2020 Young Professional study conducted by Universum, around 14,000 young professionals across Germany were surveyed between October 2019 and April 2020. ‘Young professionals’ are university graduates under 40 who have between one and eight years’ post-degree work experience. These young professionals reported on the companies they would like to work for, the criteria they apply when assessing employers, what their salary expectations are, and what long-term career goals they are pursuing. GIZ was frequently ranked in the Top 100 employers. It ranked 32nd among young professionals working in natural sciences, 11th among those working in humanities, social sciences and education, 33rd among those working in law, and 64th among those working in health/medicine.

One of the top 10 employers among students

As part of a survey conducted by the www.csr-jobs platform in cooperation with the university magazine audimax, 1,074 students were asked to identify what their dream employer would offer. These career entrants gave priority to employment benefits including flexible working hours (78 per cent of responses), support with childcare (69 per cent) and company health services (68 per cent). A total of 361 companies from all sectors were identified as preferred employers, with GIZ the 4th most often cited employer.


Top 100 among students

GIZ also made it into Universum’s 100 most popular employers among students in 2021. 53,0500 students at 236 higher education institutions across Germany were surveyed between October 2020 and March 2021 for the 2021 Universum Student Survey. They answered questions on their perceptions of and ranking of the attractiveness of employers and on their long-term career goals. GIZ also made it 89st among business studies students, 44th among those studying natural sciences, 25th among humanities students, 62nd among those studying medicine/health sciences, and 66th among law students.

In 2021 GIZ was awarded 1st place in the category “Employee friendliness in times of crises” in the field of natural science.

Among business studies students, GIZ scooped the top ranking in 2020 for diversity and inclusion.


Graduate Barometer 2019

Which company would you most like to work for? The market research body trendence conducts an annual survey between September and February. 55,000 German students at more than 190 universities were surveyed for the 2019 report, ranking the top 120 employers in each discipline against each other. GIZ was ranked 39th by business studies students and 32nd by students of natural sciences.

Young Professionals Barometer 2019

The 2019 trendence Young Professionals Barometer surveys around 20,000 young professionals with up to 10 years’ experience, making it one of the largest German studies of this group. Between May and July 2019, young professionals from all sectors answered a range of career-related questions. The survey focused on employer preferences, satisfaction with current employers, respondents’ willingness to switch companies, and the criteria for rating a company as an attractive employer. GIZ was ranked 38th overall and scooped first place in the ‘Public sector’ rankings.


GIZ is a family-friendly company

We were awarded a ‘berufundfamilie®’ audit certificate in 2006 and were most recently re-certified in December 2016. By taking part in the berufundfamilie® audit, we submit our activities to regular scrutiny and assessment by an independent external agency. The certificate is evidence of the success of our policy on work-life balance.