Germany is a rich country that offers many jobs and countless opportunities for people who want to work abroad. But even here, there are significant differences between the different regions of the country. In this article we will try to find out which are the best areas in Germany to find a job.
The best areas in Germany to find a job
The lowest unemployment rate can be found in Bavaria, as this southern German region has a current unemployment rate below 3%. Immediately following is another southern region, Baden-Wuerttemberg with the state capital Stuttgart, with a rate above 3%, followed by Rhineland-Palatinate with the state capital Mainz and an unemployment rate of about 4.0%.
In contrast, many areas of the former GDR, such as the capital Berlin, Bremen and the region of Saxony, of which Magdeburg is the capital, are the areas with the highest unemployment rates, in some cases reaching up to 10%.
German regions and employment
It is not certain that a particular occupation is in the same demand in the different German states, but the requirements for the various occupational profiles can be very different depending on the region.
- For example, the city of Hamburg offers excellent opportunities in IT, services, health care, trade (thanks to the port) and construction.
- Munich offers good opportunities in IT, services, industry and marketing.
- Frankfurt is known for being the most important financial center in Germany and one of the most important in Europe. Therefore, it offers good opportunities in the services and finance sectors.
- In Stuttgart, the sectors of industry and construction are the most active.
- Berlin is one of the German cities most open to startups and everything related to online commerce.
The most in demand jobs in Germany
According to the latest research, Germany will have to hire hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the coming years. Many of them will come from European countries, but more than half of the labor needs will have to be met by hiring non-EU citizens. That is why, the government is doing everything it can to make it easier for qualified workers from non-EU countries to enter Germany.
Many employers are concerned because they cannot find enough workers to fill their staffing gaps. The biggest deficits are in the following areas:
- engineering, (electronics engineers, mechanical engineers, etc.)
- IT sector (developers, cybersecurity, etc.)
- healthcare sector,(doctors, nurses, geriatric caregivers, etc.).
- transportation, (drivers, truckers, etc.)
construction sector (bricklayers, tile setters, etc.)
- hospitality, (waiters, cooks, etc.)
- teaching sector, (professors, lecturers, etc.)
- industrial sector, (skilled workers, technicians, etc.)
Not to be forgotten is the logistics sector, one of the sectors that has shown the greatest growth in recent years. Due to the rise of e-commerce and increasingly advanced logistics, companies need a large number of employees for their logistics and warehouse departments. This is one of the sectors with the most job openings.
Areas in Germany to find job and salaries
Salaries in Germany depend largely on the federal state. The average annual gross salary in Germany is around €47,000/gross, although there are significant differences between states.
Hesse is the German region where people earn the most, with +15% compared to the national average salary. Baden-Wuerttemberg and Hamburg follow with +7%, while Bavaria is only fourth with +5%.
However, if we look at the capital cities, we find that Stuttgart is the city with the highest salaries in the whole country (+25% compared to the average). Munich is in second place with a salary increase of 24% compared to the national average
The regions in the new German states are those that guarantee the lowest salary levels, with salaries that are on average 20% below the national average. The states of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony and Brandenburg are the regions where average salaries are the lowest in history, reaching a peak of -25% compared to the national average.
This does not mean that there are not also excellent employment opportunities in the eastern regions of Germany; we must not forget that even if salaries are below average, the cost of living is also lower than in western German cities, especially in terms of housing costs