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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.

Since 2005, Berlin’s economic performance has increased more than in any other federal state. The capital is also leading in creating new jobs.

In 2019, Berlin charted the greatest increase in employment of all the German states for the eighth year in a row. The number of employees grew 2.4 percent compared with the previous year. In particular, there are considerably more jobs that are entirely subject to social security contributions. The average gross monthly earnings (including special payments) in the manufacturing industry and in the service sector for full-time and part-time workers, including those with so-called "mini-jobs," was €3,547.

More and more qualified young people want to live and work in Berlin. Contrary to the national trend, the rate of employment (subject to compulsory social security contributions) in large cities has gone up by almost four percent in the past decade. Berlin's employment growth is outpacing the rest of Germany. Industrial jobs have been lost, but they have been replaced by jobs in the knowledge-intensive service industry.

(Source: German Institute for Economic Research (Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung))

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.

The executives placement team in the Zentralstelle für Arbeitsvermittlung placement offices helps recruit leadership talent. Contact