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Working in Berlin

Berlin continues its road to success: Since 2006 employment in Berlin has grown faster than the German average.

After more than ten years of uninterrupted growth, the number of people in employment in 2020 fell by -0.4% (Germany -1.1%) compared to the previous year due to corona. In a comparison of the federal states, Berlin recorded the smallest decline here. But the labor market in the capital region is increasingly recovering from the corona crisis. While the number of unemployed and workers on short hours is falling, the number of employees subject to social insurance contributions is increasing.

In 2021, the number of people in employment in Berlin increased by 0.9 percent to more than 2 million compared to the previous year. That is over 18,000 people more than in 2020. Thus, Berlin has the highest percentage increase of all federal states. However, the average number of unemployed in 2021 was still higher than in the first year of the pandemic, 2020.

(Source: Statistical Office Berlin-Brandenburg, 2022)

Price and wage level

In the global price and earnings comparison by the Swiss bank UBS, which surveyed 77 international cities, the German metropolises of Frankfurt am Main, Munich and Berlin rank in the upper middle. The most expensive cities are Zurich, Geneva and Oslo. Berlin is thus still a comparatively cheap location. Among the German cities surveyed, the difference between price and wage levels in Berlin is the lowest.

Federal Employment Agency

The Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) maintains local agencies in every region. Its mission includes the following:

  • Helping place candidates in vocational training programs and jobs;
  • Advising employers;
  • Promoting professional training and development;
  • Information about subsidy and promotion programs for employers.