Work in Cologne


Looking for a job in Cologne? Here is some useful information on its labor market.

Cologne, which is found in the North Rhine-Westphalia region, is one of Germany's main destinations for expatriation after Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Munich. Its population, to date, amounts to more than one million inhabitants within a metropolitan area of over 2 million inhabitants. However, some 17.4% of Cologne's inhabitants are of foreign origin, mostly from neighboring 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.

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Crossing the Rhine, Cologne not only hosts the famous Cologne Cathedral but also the University of Cologne which is one of Europe's biggest and oldest universities.


The North Rhine-Westphalia Land's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) amounted to more than 582 billion euros in 2013, representing a 22% contribution to the whole country's GDP. Cologne's economy, for its part, is based on several fields such as aerospace, automotive manufacturing, information and communications technology, media and broadcasting, air transport and food production, etc. Insurance, culture and research are other important economic pillars.

Some of the major companies operating in Cologne are: Central, DKV, AXA Insurance, Lufthansa, Ford Europe, REWE Group, etc. You will also find three large breweries, namely Heinrich Reissdorf, Gaffel Becker & Co and Cölner Hofbräu Früh. Moreover, Cologne hosts one of the country's and Europe's biggest ports.

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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.

Labor market

Unemployment rate in the North Rhine-Westphalia Land stood at 8.6% in early 2014. However, job opportunities are available in many fields. The main recruiters are the automobile manufacturing, mechanical engineering, industry, nanotechnology, logistics, information and communication technology and media fields.

Find a job

One of the best methods of looking for a job in Cologne will be to send spontaneous applications to big firms operating in the region. You can also check job offers on the Internet and in classified ads in local newspapers.

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

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