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Which European countries have the best salaries and opportunities: ranking updated

The European Commission has provided its traditional report on people's job satisfaction in different European cities. Find out more about where people receive the highest salaries and have the best opportunities for development

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The European Commission's report on satisfaction with living and working conditions shows that people prefer to live and work in large European cities. The article below describes which countries have the highest salaries and, accordingly, the most satisfied employees, citing statistics from schengenvisainfo.com.


Read about the countries with the highest number of employed Ukrainians here.


Where is the best place to live and work in Europe?


According to the European Commission's report on the quality of life in European cities, the largest number of people satisfied with their work and life is concentrated in cities in six European countries. At the same time, the top ten cities include four German cities and three capitals.


To compile the rating, experts interviewed city residents. And on average, about 74% of Europeans surveyed said they were satisfied with their jobs. Thus, the top ten best cities in Europe for living and working are:


1. Rostock (Germany) - 85%;

2. Luxembourg (Luxembourg) - 84%;

3. Reykjavik (Iceland) - 84%;

4. Geneva (Switzerland) - 83%;

5. Dortmund (Germany) - 83%;

6. Berlin (Germany) - 83%;

7. Zurich (Switzerland) - 82%;

8. Aalborg (Denmark) - 82%;

9. Malmö (Sweden) - 82%;

10. Hamburg (Germany) - 81%.


At the same time, respondents noted that there are more job opportunities and better working conditions in European capitals and large cities. Therefore, the level of well-being and the labor market are more stable and attractive to people here. Thus, the highest level of satisfaction was recorded in the cities of Germany, Denmark, Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.




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In which European countries are people dissatisfied with working conditions?


Cities with lower levels of satisfaction with living and working conditions were not among the best, including those in Greece, Italy, Hungary, and Spain. At the same time, the level of satisfaction with working conditions and remuneration decreased significantly in Valletta (Malta) by 10% and in Košice (Slovakia) by 8%. On the contrary, in Nicosia (Cyprus), Bologna (Italy), and Antalya, the level of satisfaction continues to grow gradually.


At the same time, the lowest job satisfaction scores (below 60%) were reported in Heraklion (Greece), Athens (Greece), Skopje (North Macedonia), Belgrade (Serbia), and Podgorica (Montenegro).


What is the minimum wage in European countries?


As of January 1, 2024, 22 of the 27 EU countries have a set minimum wage. At the same time, Denmark, Italy, Austria, Finland, and Sweden do not have a minimum wage. According to RBK-Ukraine, citing Eurostat data, the level of the minimum wage in the EU ranges from 447 euros in Bulgaria to 2571 euros in Luxembourg. 


Thus, the highest minimum wage (over 1500 euros) is in: Luxembourg (2571 euros), Ireland (2146 euros), the Netherlands (2070 euros), Germany (2054 euros), Belgium (1994 euros), and France (1767 euros). The average level is in Spain (1323 euros) and Slovenia (1254 euros). In the rest of the EU, the minimum wage ranges from 1000 euros (in Cyprus) to 477 euros (in Bulgaria).


You can find out about employment and remuneration conditions in Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, France and any other EU country on our website. Follow the link, choose your citizenship and the country where you plan to find a job, and find all the necessary information in one place.


We remind you! Citizens of Ukraine believe that employers have become more demanding of candidates' knowledge and work experience, and job seekers need to be as proactive as possible to find a successful job. Read what Ukrainians should expect from working conditions in 2024 in our previous article.


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