As the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia, 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 residents. Apart from being an important international financial and business hub, Düsseldorf is also world-famous for its commercial fashion industry, for which it has gained the nickname 'Little Paris'. But Düsseldorf also holds a strong cultural and tourist image as many events and 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 labour market beforehand.
North Rhine-Westphalia's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) amounted to some 645.6 billion euros in 2015, contributing over 21% of the country’s overall GDP, which is also the largest contribution from any region. As regards to Düsseldorf, its economy is mainly based on energy, biotechnology, microtechnology, nanotechnology, information and communication technology, automotive manufacturing, logistics, trade, chemistry, plastics and new materials manufacturing, as well as the seaport which has recently been transformed into a new business area, etc. You can also find large world-famous fashion boutiques there.
Düsseldorf is one of Germany’s top telecommunication centres hosting the headquarters and subsidiaries of many big German national and international firms such as Vodafone, E-Plus, Huawei and Ericsson. EON, Metro, Eurowings, Henkel, Rheinmetall, Esprit Holdings and Peek & Cloppenburg are also based there.
Moreover, you will find that one in every seven companies in Düsseldorf has a foreign origin. According to the recent study „Ausländische Unternehmen im Rheinland“, the region is home to more than 13,000 foreign registered companies. There are also around 170 financial institutions, over 130 insurance companies, as well as media and advertising agencies.
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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, over 400 Chinese companies, including Huawei, have set up there. There is also a large Japanese community.
Düsseldorf is rapidly developing into a major logistics centre for Northern and Western Europe thanks to the German authorities' efforts.
The labour market in Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf’s labour market is very open and dynamic. The unemployment rate in North Rhine-Westphalia stood at 7.4% in late 2016, representing some 695,833 people. Regarding foreigners, they can be hired in various fields, particularly in industry, financial services, trade, information and communication technology, automotive manufacturing, and energy. Job seekers, for their part, are more interested in the health care and medicine, architecture, building, transportation, and tax advice fields.
Finding a job in Düsseldorf
Start your job search by checking out general and specialised 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 the city. German companies may require a good command of German.
On the other hand, registering with a recruiting or temporary employment agency may also help.