Finding work in Cologne


Cologne is one of Germany's main destinations for expatriation after Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Munich. It is located in the North Rhine-Westphalia region near the "Ruhrpott" (Rhur Valley), Germany's most populated region. Cologne's population amounts to more than one million inhabitants within a metropolitan area of over 2 million people. However, some 35.% of Cologne's inhabitants are of foreign origin, mostly from EU countries and from the Middle East.

Being an important economic hub, Cologne offers numerous career opportunities to foreigners wishing to settle there. Hence, you should not have much trouble in finding a job there if you have the skills required by the local labor market.

Cologne is well known for its pub culture and funny, seemingly tolerant, mentality – this is where Germany's most famous carnival is celebrated! It's also famous for its Cathedral along the river Rhine and for hosting one of Europe's biggest and oldest universities.

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The neighbouring towns Düsseldorf and Bonn equally offer great job opportunities and can easily be reached in less than 30min by train.

Cologne's economy

North Rhine-Westphalia is Germany's strongest industrial and economic region and hosts over a third of Germany's top 100 corporations. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) amounted to more than 645 billion euros in 2015, contributing 21% to the whole country's GDP. Cologne's economy is based on several fields such as aerospace, automotive manufacturing, information and communications technology, media and broadcasting, air transport and food production. Insurance, tourism and research are other important economic pillars.

The region is home to numerous international global players such as BP, 3M, LG Electronics, Ericsson, QVC, Vodafone and Renault. Some of the major companies operating in Cologne are: Ford, Toyota, Central, DKV and AXA Insurances, Lufthansa, REWE Group, etc. You will also find three large breweries, namely Heinrich Reissdorf, Gaffel Becker & Co and Cölner Hofbräu Früh.

Moreover, Cologne hosts the country's second biggest inland port, which reflects its importance as a European trade metropolis.

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The events field has been making a significant contribution to Cologne's economy for a few years through business and commercial fairs, sports and cultural events.

Labour market in Cologne

The unemployment rate in North Rhine-Westphalia stood at 7.4 % in late 2016. However, job opportunities are available in many fields. The main recruiters are in the automobile manufacturing, mechanical engineering, industry, nanotechnology, logistics, media, and information and communication technology fields.

Finding a job in Cologne

Check job offers on the Internet and in classified ads in local newspapers. Use professional networks such as Xing and LinkedIn and send spontaneous applications to big firms operating in the Cologne-Bonn region.

If you are already on the spot, you may also seek the help of a recruitment agency or that of local authorities.

 Useful links:

Linked In
Arbeitsamt Jobbörse
Jobs in Network

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