Working in Düsseldorf

Updated 2019-08-28 13:37

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 finding a job there. However, make sure you have the skills needed by the local labour market beforehand.

Düsseldorf's economy

North Rhine-Westphalia's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) amounted to some 645.6 billion euro 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.

This city has a tremendous creative potential directed in the fashion and media industry. It contains more than 4,000 companies in the creative industries, among which more than 800 are advertising agencies (such as Saatchi & Saatchi or Gray Worldwide). This creativity can be seen in every part of the city, through its infrastructure, which attracts creative minds from all over the world.

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 recent years, local authorities have implemented a series of economic and trade policies to attract foreign investors. For instance, over 400 Chinese companies (like Huawei) have set up there. There is also a large Japanese community. Another international English-speaking company is Trivago, which is an excellent opportunity for foreigners.


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. 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.

Another industry firmly rooted in Düsseldorf is legal and business consultancy. More than 1,760 company consultants are based in Düsseldorf, including well-known companies such as McKinsey & Company, The Boston Consulting Group or Deloitte Consulting. McKinsey alone employs more than 2,300 people throughout Germany. With a total of 8,274 employees, the state capital holds the highest employment share in the consulting industry. Lawyers are also among the most widely represented occupational groups: more than 12,240 of them are admitted to the Düsseldorf Bar Association, more than 5,000 people work in legal advice, and with 75 patent attorneys, Düsseldorf almost manages to reach Berlin, Cologne and Hamburg.

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. Some good platforms for finding the job are XING, Monster, LinkedIn, Jobs in Düsseldorf, Immigrantspirit, Joblift, However, there are some less known websites, which also help in finding different job opportunities like Labooyo, which is a website which connects people and service providers for jobs such as craftsmen, cooks, movers, party hosts, baby sitters, dog sitters etc.

Here are some tips for finding a job:

  • Including your extracurricular activities, which speaks about your personality readiness to work, and can land you to a good part-time job.
  • Well organised CV, with a good picture and make it easy to see all the information regarding your studies and work experiences.
  • Apply for jobs reserved for international applicants
  • Be persistent, and go to as many work events as possible

Dusseldorf is very open for startups. There are many grants which allow to promote and to start a business. Besides, it is good to integrate your knowledge of an international network into the business you would like to dedicate to. Startup Dorf, for example, is a network that helps in creating a good environment for startups through regular events, meetups and classes.

Working experience in Germany is valuable all over the world, and Dusseldorf is no exception. With the wide range of opportunities offered in many fields, you will not only easily find a job, but you can excel very fast with patience and determination. It is a city of law, business and creativity, and learning the language in addition to the knowledge in English will bring you many open doors.

 Useful links:

Düsseldorf official site

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