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Significant increase in employment in Bonn as a business location

The analysis of the current figures from the statistics of employees subject to social security contributions shows a strong increase in employment of about 5,500 jobs in Bonn. The IT sector in particular is the biggest driver of this development in terms of numbers. The previously battered hospitality industry has posted the strongest percentage gain in employment.

Employment figures developed very positively in Bonn between mid-2021 and mid-2022. This is shown by the latest figures from IT.NRW, which the Economic Development Department of the City of Bonn took a closer look at for the federal city. The number of employees has grown by three percent (NRW as a whole: +1.9 percent). In absolute figures, that is 5,480 more employees. As of the reporting date of June 30, 2022, there were 188,930 employees subject to social insurance contributions (SVB) in Bonn, once again a new high. 

"The economic structure of the city of Bonn, with its dynamic and competitive companies and a large number of important public institutions, is showing itself to be very robust in the face of the difficult years of the Corona pandemic - that makes me very confident," says Mayor Katja Dörner about the positive development. 

IT sector and hospitality ahead - service sector strong

The largest increase in employment in absolute terms was in the IT sector, with an increase of 1,118 employees, which corresponds to a rise of 5.7 percent. In percentage terms, the hospitality industry saw the strongest growth with an increase of 7.8 percent, or 454 more employees.

Overall, many industries show a positive development. Nevertheless, an analysis of the economic sectors shows that the increase in employment was generated almost exclusively by the service sector, which grew by 3.1 percent and employed 5,337 people in absolute terms. The manufacturing sector, on the other hand, made only minimal gains, with 1.1 percent or 142 more employees. 

"The increase in employment in a wide range of sectors means that we can continue to look positively into the future for Bonn," says Katja Dörner. At the same time, the Lord Mayor points out the need to operate in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner: "In order for the city of Bonn to be climate-neutral by 2035, we must all pull together, for example in the use of renewable energies. Growth and sustainability as two sides of the same coin". 

The analysis of all independent cities and districts in North Rhine-Westphalia shows that Bonn is the best performer in the Rhineland metropolitan region with growth of three percent. By comparison, Cologne shows an increase of 2.6 percent, Düsseldorf two percent, the Aachen city region two percent, the Rhine-Sieg district 1.4 percent and Leverkusen 1.2 percent. In NRW, Bonn is in fourth place. Only Oberhausen (+4.5 percent), the Unna district (+3.9 percent) and Essen (+3.5 percent) performed even better. 

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