Germany has launched an offensive in the worldwide war for IT talent.
It is offering an initial 20,000 "green cards" this year for skilled IT workers from outside Europe, including New Zealand. The work permits allow qualified people to work in Germany for up to five years. They can bring their families, who will also be allowed to work.
The green cards are being issued to help fill 100,000 IT vacancies. Despite Germany having 10% unemployment, its political leaders believe overseas talent is needed now to stop the country lagging too far behind the US and others.
The first green cards were issued this month and much interest from companies and workers alike is reported.
The German labour department's Web site says applicants for the permits need not speak German, but must have good English. It says the jobs also offer at least 100,000 deutschmarks a year ($NZ110,000).
Enquiries by Computerworld at the German Consulate in Auckland were redirected to its labour department Web site - www.arbeitsamt.de