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Almost 80 billion euros in total was spent on research and development (R&D) in Germany in 2013 – a staggering sum. Around 67 percent of this research expenditure was shouldered by industry. In other words: German companies are also an important employer of researchers.
Good working conditions
German companies offer attractive working conditions for German and international researchers:
- In companies, researchers work with the very latest methods and equipment
- Above-average salaries are generally paid
- Research projects are frequently application- and project-oriented
- Researchers in companies search for innovative solutions to concrete problems, further develop standards or identify possible alternatives to existing processes.
German companies are active worldwide
Most German companies are also active abroad, and some even have their own research departments there. The work conducted in German companies is therefore very international in orientation.