SAP Consulting in Europe | Nicholas Bernard Ltd

SAP is the #1 largest software company in Europe. So it’s no surprise that many SAP Consultants make the decision to relocate and start contracting in the EU.

If this sounds like you, then this blog will discuss what you should think about if you’re seeking an SAP job in Europe. 

Where to work

Your focus should be finding the right role for you, but you probably have a list of European countries that you want to move to. Which country is the right one for you? Do you want to experience the French culture, learn a new language, or experience great Italian food? 

You could choose the home of SAP, Germany, where there are lots of SAP roles available. Northern Europe is popular because of its beautiful landscapes, but places like Norway have a fairly high cost of living. Think about the timeline of the immigration process and how this will affect your job. The requirements will be different in every country and depend on your nationality too. 


Warmer year-round weather is one of the main reasons people move abroad. Of course, Northern Europe experiences colder temperatures than the south do some research before you decide and try to visit a few times if you can at different times of the year. Warmer weather means more time to enjoy outdoor activities without the cold or rain spoiling the fun. Some countries will see a wide variation in temperature and others will experience more extreme winters than in the UK. 

Average July temperature in Amsterdam: 21 °C

Average July temperature in Madrid: 32 °C

Way of life

One of the main attractions of Europe is the range of destinations to choose from. For a relatively small continent, the range of landscapes to explore is extraordinary. Europe is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, as well as the most famous ski slopes and vast mountain ranges if that’s your thing. Moving to Europe for an SAP job is more than the job, it’s a way of life. How will you spend your free time in Europe?

  • Relax at the beach
  • Ski at the weekend
  • Explore vast woodland
  • Attend festivals
  • Travel to other European countries
  • Enjoy amazing food 

Cost of living 

The cost of living will depend on the country you choose and the area you live in. In big cities like Rome or Barcelona, the cost of living will naturally be more expensive, but elements like public transport and access to amenities will be easier. In popular tourist sports, the summer months are likely to be very busy so take this into consideration if you don’t like big crowds. Often food is cheaper as it’s grown or caught locally, but this isn’t always the case. 


If you’re moving from the UK, you can find the most up to date guidance on the GOV website. You can visit EU member states for up to 90 days of a 180-day period. But if you want to move to Europe, you’ll require a visa.

  • Make sure your passport has at least 6 months before expiry 
  • Your professional qualifications may not be automatically recognised. You must have your qualifications recognised by each country you practice in.
  • Follow the correct procedure for renting/buying homes abroad. These guides are useful for people who want to know more about the buying process. 

At Nicholas Bernard, we cover the full spectrum of SAP expertise across the world. To find out more about SAP Consulting in Europe, get in touch with our knowledgeable recruitment team.