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The workforce potential in Berlin


Berlin ist Germany's biggest labour market

The labour market benefits from the advantages of an attractive, innovative catchment area with a population of around six million people in the entire capital region.

Why Berlin?

„'Talent' is the key word here. Each year, FinLeap receives more than 10,000 applications from highly qualified individuals. This access to talent is the key success factor in the building of any company.“

Chris Bartz
Chris BartzCEO & Co-Founder of Elinvar
  • The capital region attracts highly motivated people with excellent qualifications on the job market, which are ready to work immediately.
  • Berlin is a growing city with 3.77 million inhabitants and a net migration of +30-40 thousand new residents each year.
  • Of the more than 2 million people working, 1.55 million are employed by companies and 520,000 are active as freelancers or independent professionals.
  • More than 190,000 students are enrolled at the more than 40 universities in Berlin. On average, 31,000 people graduate with degrees each year.
  • With over 777,000 foreign residents from 170 nationalities and an average age of 42.8 years, Berlin is a cosmopolitan and young city.

Migration to Berlin 2018

60.4%from abroadand39.6%from Germany48.6%between18 – 30 years28.0%between30 - 45 years180,105Newcomers(Source: Statistical Office Berlin Brandenburg, 2019)


Language skills

Two million Berlin residents speak at least two languages.

1.83 million people between ages 18 to 65 speak one or two foreign languages. More than half a million Berlin residents speak two or more foreign languages.

In Berlin there are at least 78,000 Turkish, 32,000 Russian and 49,000 Polish native speakers aged between 15 and 65. Additionally there are 15,100 native speakers of Spanish, 10,800 of Portuguese 36,300 of English and 18,100 native speakers of French. Languages like Vietnamese, Dutch, Serbian or Czech are also relevantly represented.

90 percent of Germans have English-language skills. Every third person surveyed can speak at least some French, 22 percent Russian and 11 percent Spanish.

(Sources: Berlin-Brandenburg office of statistics, 2019; own study, 2013)

People from more than 190 nations live in Berlin

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