Working in Berlin


Berlin is Germany's capital city. It is the country's biggest city and Europe's fifth largest metropolitan area. The city is very international and counts as one of Germany's most popular expat destinations. Although its population amounts to more than 3.5 million inhabitants (as of 2016), it continues to attract large numbers of foreign students, job seekers and investors every year. As a result, it shouldn't be too hard for expats to find job or internship opportunities.

Berlin's economy

Berlin's main economic pillars are economic and financial services, administration, the processing industry, automotive manufacturing, trade, tourism, hotels and restaurants.
Moreover, many big German companies such as Siemens, Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe, Deutsche Telekom, Deutsche Bahn, Axel Springer, as well as several international firms, have set up their headquarters or subsidiaries there.

Berlin has a vibrant and prosperous economy compared to many major European cities. However, other German cities such as Munich, Düsseldorf and Frankfurt, are more important in economic terms. Note that Berlin's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) amounted to over EUR 124.2 billion in 2015, that is a 4.1% contribution to the country's global GDP. The same year, the growth rate was around 5.4%.

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The city is one of Europe’s main start-up hubs and is set to create 100,000 new job opportunities by 2020. In fact, every 20 minutes a new start-up is founded in Berlin! Zalando, Delivery Hero and Home24 are successful examples.

Labour market in Berlin

Berlin's unemployment rate stood at 11.9% in early 2014, representing some 214,971 people. However, local authorities point out a 1.9% decrease compared to the previous year. Most of Berlin's active population is employed in the public service, economic and financial services, health, social services, business and automotive fields.

Currently, vacancies in Berlin mainly relate to the following jobs: nurses and health care assistants, energy professionals, tax advisers, train drivers, plumbers, heating and air conditioning specialists, etc. Meanwhile, the most sought after jobs are those of teachers, media professionals, technicians building, social scientists or sales advisers. Note that the local labour market is quite open to most professions and skills.

Find a job in Berlin

There are various ways to find a job in Berlin provided you have the appropriate skills and qualifications. You can start your job search on the internet and in the classified ads in local newspapers. You may also send spontaneous job applications to big national and international firms operating in Berlin if you speak German.

Alternatively, you can register with a recruitment or temporary employment agency, or even with foreign trade missions in Berlin.

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Compared to other capital cities like London or Paris, the relation between salaries and living costs is much more favourable in Berlin, which makes it a rather affordable expat location. However, its popularity is rising and so are its prices.

 Useful links:

Linked In
Jobs in Berlin
Berlin Business Location Center

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Skilled foreigners wishing to settle in Stuttgart, one of Germany's major cities, will likely find a wealth of opportunity when it comes to employment.
Munich, one of Germany's largest cities, offers many jobs prospects for foreigners in various fields due to its developed economy.
To find a job in Germany from abroad, you can start by visiting general and specialised job websites and register with online recruitment agencies.
Düsseldorf is an important financial and business hub in Germany. It provides various career prospects to qualified foreigners.
With a low unemployment rate and a variety of industries operating in the country, Germany is a promising country in which to start your career.

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