Seasonal Workers

Over 275,000 seasonal workers support agriculture and hospitality every year

Seasonal workers are essential for agriculture in Germany. Every year, around 275,000 people come to temporarily work in fields and greenhouses picking asparagus or harvesting fruit and vegetables. Seasonal jobs are available in agriculture, forestry, horticulture, and restaurant hospitalitybusinesses.

Employment may last up is limited to 3 months at a time or total and no more than 70 working days per calendar year. This short-term nature is the defining characteristic of seasonal work. If a sSeasonal workers is hired as part of for short-term employment, this activity may be exempt from insurance and contributions in Germany. The employer must check this.

If the person is subject to German law applies to the employee and the employment is subject to social insurance, the employer must registers the employee with an optional eligible statutory health insurance fund. For marginally employed seasonal workers employed on a mini-job basis, registration with the Minijob-Zentrale is required.

Register as a seasonal worker

Here you can register as a seasonal workers with a statutory health insurance fund. Choose a statutory health insurance provider and select "seasonal workers" in the question for an as your occupational group.

Register now

As of January 1, 2022, employers of short-term employees are required to report their health insurance status of short-term employees to ensure that they are actually covered by health insurance. For reporting periods on or after from January 1, 2022 onwards, employers must indicate of when registering short-term employees must indicate whether the employee has statutory or private health insurance or private health insurance when they register.

If the a harvest worker is not covered by health insurance in Germany, it is recommended to that they take out private, additional health insurance.

Guest insurance for temporary limited stays

Here you can calculate the cost of travel protection for foreign guests and take out apply directly for travel guest insurance directly. The conclusion process takes place online at HanseMerkur Krankenversichrung. You will receive an immediate confirmation immediately.

Apply for guest insurance