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The labor market in Berlin

Companies looking for qualified employees can tap into a deep source of well-qualified specialists in Berlin.

What we do for investors: prompt, effective, no red tape

We, the Berlin Partner for Business and Technology, the economic promotion agency Berlin, support you in the search for specialist staff as well as in training, qualification and residence issues with these services:

  • Unique in Europe - Free support for recruitment, onboarding and personnel development from a single source - the Talent Service
  • Free publication of your job offers and your employer brand on our skilled worker portal
  • Advice on the use of national and international offers of the Federal Employment Agency and the EURES network (including Europe-wide job advertisements)
  • Support from our Network of labor market representatives
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Talent Service

We, Berlin Partner for Business and Technology, the economic promotion agency Berlin, give you a comprehensive overview of the availability of skilled workers, wages, and salaries. We show you how to find the right talent, and how to retain it.

What is part of the Talent Service?

Good forecasts for the Berlin labor market

After more than ten years of uninterrupted growth, the number of people in employment in 2020 fell by -0.4 percent (Germany -1.1 percent) 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.

+3.2 % Growth rate of employees subject to social security contributions 1.7 % above national average 9.8 % annual average unemployment rate 3,523 € Gross per month average earnings * +1.2 % compared to 2019 * 2020 excluding marginal workers (Source: Berlin Brandenburg Statistics Office, 2022 - data refer to 2021)

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.

The multi-cultural metropolis of Berlin continues to attract more and more international talent: in October 2021 approx. 736,000 foreign nationals lived in the capital. They make up 20 percent of the population. Berlin is interesting for everyone: for young university graduates and career starters as well as experienced professionals.

(Source: Statistical Office Berlin Brandenburg, 2022)

Demografierechner der IHK Berlin

Demographic calculator 2035

Determine age structures and replacement needs for your company with the free demographic calculator (in German) from the Berlin Chamber of Industry and Commerce.


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