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Employment development

Employment growth

On 30th June 2019 the Federal Employment Agency registered a new peak in employment subject to social security contributions in Bonn with 180,528 employees. In comparison with June 2018 the number of employees has increased by +2.2% or in absolute terms by 3,839. During the same period, employment in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia grew by about 1.8% and the Rhein-Sieg district surrounding Bonn recorded employment growth of 2.5%. Compared to the year of the Bonn/Berlin relocation decision in 1991, when 134,199 employees were subject to social security contributions, the number of employees in Bonn has increased significantly by 46,329 (+34.5%) due to the long-term positive growth trend in Bonn.

According to the available estimates of the working group "Erwerbstätigenrechnung des Bundes und der Länder", the number of people employed in Bonn as a place of work for 2018 is 251,800 (previous year: 247,900, up 3,900). In addition to employees subject to social insurance contributions, the employment statement also includes civil servants, self-employed persons, family helpers and marginally employed persons. Compared to 1991, Bonn's workforce has grown by 63,500 or 33.7%, while in NRW, by contrast, the total number of employed persons has increased by only 18.3%.

Growth in services

The number of employees subject to social insurance contributions in the Bonn service sector has increased significantly between 2018 and 2019, with a plus of 4,132 employees or 2.5%. In mid-2019, 166,742 people are employed in the service sector in Bonn; this corresponds to a share of 92.4% of all employees. This makes Bonn, similar to Frankfurt/Main or Potsdam, one of the largest service locations in Germany. On average in NRW, 72.8% of all employees were working in the tertiary sector in mid-2019. The industrial sector in NRW accounted for approximately 26.7% of all employees. Compared to the previous year, the number of people employed in the manufacturing sector in NRW increased significantly by 1.4%. In Bonn, the number of people employed in production declined by 2.2% (-286 in absolute terms). In mid-2019, the share of the manufacturing industry in Bonn will still be 7.6%.

Highly qualified employees

With the characteristic "academic degree", the Federal Employment Agency collects the degrees "Bachelor, Diplom, Magister, Master, Staatsexamen, Promotion". On 30 June 2019, the city of Bonn has an academic share of 30.8% of all employees (in absolute terms 55,537 employees, previous year: 52,591). The average for NRW is 15.6%, for Germany 16.8% and for the Rhein-Sieg district 13.5%. A regional comparison with the more than 400 German cities and districts shows that Bonn is in seventh place (previous year: seven) and only Munich with 35.7%, Erlangen with 34.9%, Jena with 33.0%, Munich (district) with 33.0%, Darmstadt with 33.0% and Stuttgart with 32.7% can show even higher values. From the perspective of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the cities of Düsseldorf (26.3%), Cologne (25.4%) and Münster (22.9%) also have comparatively high shares in this indicator, which is important for the future in an innovative knowledge society.

Mr. Dr. Matthias Schönert

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