Find, in this article, some useful information about Dusseldorf's economy and labor market to help you find a job there.
Located in the North Rhine-Westphalia Land, Düsseldorf is one of the major German cities. Its population amounts to some 600,000 people in an urban area with more than 1.2 million inhabitants. Apart from being an important international financial and business hub, Düsseldorf is also world-famous for its fashion industry. In fact, Düsseldorf is nicknamed "Little Paris" for being the German fashion city. But Düsseldorf also holds a strong cultural and tourist image as many events such as exhibitions are held there.
Like many German cities, Düsseldorf is quite open to foreign expertise in various fields. Hence, you shall not have much trouble in finding a job there. However, make sure you have the skills needed by the local labor market beforehand.
North Rhine-Westphalia's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) amounted to some 582 billion euros in 2013. As regards Düsseldorf, its economy is mainly based on energy, biotechnology, micro-technology, nanotechnology, information and communication technology, automotive manufacturing, logistics, trade, chemistry, plastics and new materials manufacturing, as well as the sea port which has recently been transformed into a new business area, etc. You can also find big world-famous boutiques there.
Düsseldorf also hosts the headquarters and subsidiaries of many big German national and international firms such as Vodafone, AG, EON, Metro, LTU, Henkel, Rheinmetall, Bayer, etc. Moreover, you will find some 5,000 foreign companies, 170 banking institutions, over a hundred insurance companies, media and advertising agencies, etc.
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Over the recent years, local authorities have implemented a series of economic and trade policies in order to attract foreign investors. For instance, some 500 big Chinese companies, including Huawei, have been set up there.
Düsseldorf is rapidly developing into a major logistics center for Northern and Western Europe thanks to the German authorities' efforts.
Düsseldorf’s labor market is very open and dynamic. Unemployment rate in early 2014 stood at 8.6%, representing some 789,380 people, but with a 2.8% rise compared to 2013. As regards foreigners, they can be hired in various fields, particularly in industry, financial services, trade, information and communication technology, automotive manufacturing, energy, etc. Job seekers, for their part, are more interested in the health care and medicine, architecture, building, transportation, tax advice fields.
Find a job
You can start your job search by checking out general and specialized job websites, as well as classified ads in local newspapers. Take the time to send spontaneous job applications to big German and international companies operating in city. Note, however, that a good command of German may be required by German companies.
On the other hand, registering with a recruiting or temporary employment agency may also help.