15,857 branches in Bonn
According to the currently available data for 2019, a total of 160,419 people were employed in the city of Bonn in 15,857 establishments subject to social security contributions (excluding agriculture and public administration). As shown by data from the business register of Information- und Technik Nordrhein-Westfalen (IT.NRW) as the state statistical office, this was 707 more employees in Bonn than in 2018 (+0.4%, NRW: +0.7%). However, IT.NRW points out methodological changes, so that the comparison of the 2019 results on employees subject to social security contributions in the statistical business register with those of previous years is only possible to a limited extent.
99.3% small and medium-sized enterprises
The classification of establishment size classes made by IT.NRW differentiates between the classes 0-9, 10-49, 50-249 and 250 or more employees. Overall, establishments with fewer than 250 employees account for 99.3% of all establishments in Bonn and these 15,753 establishments employ 88,955 people (or 55.5% proportionately) subject to social insurance contributions. The other 104 large companies (previous year: 100) with 250 or more employees employ 71,464 people (44.5%). An examination of Bonn's business structures reveals a differentiated situation: micro-enterprises with up to 9 employees account for 85.7% of all establishments and these make up 11.3% of the workforce. The group of small establishments with 10-49 employees comprises 18.4% of the employees and 10.8% of the establishments, the medium-sized establishments with 50-249 employees account for 25.7% of the employees and 2.8% of the establishments. Among large establishments with 250 or more employees, Bonn's employment share of 44.5% is very clearly above the figure for NRW as a whole (34.3%). However, a comparison with selected cities in the Rhineland shows that the number of employees in large companies there is of the same order of magnitude, or in some cases significantly higher: For example, the employment share in companies with more than 250 employees - similar to Bonn - is 44.9% in Düsseldorf, the capital of NRW, and 45.0% in the neighboring city of Cologne. Leverkusen even has a share of 51.0% for this indicator, meaning that more than every second employee there works in a large company.
Largest companies 2020
In the chamber district of the Bonn/Rhein-Sieg Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the three companies Deutsche Telekom, Deutsche Post DHL Group and Postbank will be the largest private employers at the location in 2020 with around 26,000 employees (excluding public institutions). The two listed DAX heavyweights Deutsche Telekom and Deutsche Post DHL Group alone manage the strategies for approximately 778,500 employees worldwide from their corporate headquarters in Bonn.