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Are you looking for a job in a prosperous German city? Hamburg can offer you what you are looking for. Find more information in this article.

Located in Northern Germany, near the Elbe River mouth, Hamburg is the country's second biggest city after Berlin. It is also deemed to be one of the major German destinations in terms of expatriation due to the various job prospects it offers. It is also one of Europe's most important economic hubs.

Stretching over some 755 km2, Hamburg's population amounts to some 1.8 million inhabitants within a metropolitan area of about 3.5 million inhabitants. Hamburg hosts a large number of expatriates from across the globe. Hence, you should not have much trouble in finding a job if you are planning to settle there. Several fields are currently seeking foreign expertise.


Hamburg is mainly a tourist, maritime and economic hub. In fact, Hamburg's maritime port is part of the region's industrial zone, thus contributing to its economic dynamism. Other fields such as shipbuilding and aerospace, medical technology, biotechnology, chemistry, services and media, etc., are also considered to be its economic pillars.

In 2012, Hamburg's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) amounted to some 95.8 billion euros, representing a 3.6% contribution to the country's GDP. Growth rate has also been rising over the past few years.

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Tourism is another booming field since Hamburg is one of Germany's most visited cities, not only for its historical sites and other places of interest, but also for the major annual events which are held there.

Hamburg hosts several big German companies such as Deutsche Bahn AG, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Otto, Airbus Deutschland GmbH, as well as many banks and other financial institutions. You will also find a large number of small and medium enterprises.

Labor market

In early 2014, unemployment rate in Hamburg stood at 7.9%, that is around 76,141 people, but with a slight increase compared to 2013. As regards the labor force, 190,200 people are employed in the economic services sector while 137,900 people are employed in the trade and automotive fields. Moreover, 99,200 people had been working in the transformation the industry and 94,700 in the health care and social services fields.

Job opportunities are available in several fields, namely economic and financial services, information and communication technology, medical technology, trade, banking and insurance, media, shipbuilding and aircraft construction, chemical industry and logistics fields, etc. But you can also try your luck in other fields such as food production or transformation, health care, social services and construction.

Find a job

During your job search in Hamburg, you can check out job offers on the Internet and in classified ads in local newspapers. You are also advised to send spontaneous applications to big companies operating there.

Alternatively, you may register with local authorities or with a recruitment agency if you are already there. These will help you find a job according to your profile more rapidly.

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