Careers & opportunities

Economy and jobs

Never have there been so many jobs in Saarland as now. Since 2000, the number of jobs in the Saarland has remained constant at over 500,000. Recently there were 510,000 people in employment in Saarland for a population of just one million. (as at: August 2014)

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Economic dynamics
Welcome to rich opportunities

Welcome to rich opportunities

A strong economy, good quality of life and loads of opportunities, they all come out on top - looking at the Saarland economy today it's hard to believe that, up to the 1990s, it was characterised mainly by coal and steel? Today it is well equipped for the fourth industrial revolution.

Almost unnoticed, Saarland has turned into a globally competitive industrial and service location with a broad-based SME sector. Apart from the high pace of innovation, the strong labour market shows how successful the structural change in the Saarland has been. More and more young professionals and skilled workers, students and graduates, as well as executives from industry and academia are attracted here. Once here, they like to stay - because despite all the hustle and bustle life is much more relaxed.

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At the forefront
At the forefront

International competitiveness

Major automotive region
Ford employees alone produce more than 1,500 vehicles daily. Reputable suppliers based in Saarland such as Bosch, Nemak, Schaeffler, Thyssen-Krupp, Michelin, Johnson Controls and ZF Friedrichshafen AG equip the engines, transmissions and chassis of modern vehicles with innovative technology. The automotive and supplier industries are undoubtedly an important job creator in the Saar region.

Industrially strong for years
Although Saarland is a small federal region, it is full of well-known companies and success stories from different industries. One example is the Saarland steel industry: formerly a manufacturer of ordinary steels, it now provides international markets with the most sophisticated special steels. With around 40,000 employees, the automotive industry makes the Saarland one of the strongest locations for vehicle production in Germany.

High industrial product exports
The companies of the region are generally well received in world markets – as is shown by the fact that around 70% of industrial products from the Saarland are directly or indirectly exported. Whether these are complete cars or individual components, the safety software for the control system of the new Airbus A380 or fine bathroom ceramics from Villeroy & Boch – brands labelled ‘made in Saarland’ are an expression of a successful economy and are highly valued internationally. About half of the Saarland’s industrial production goes directly for export, another 20% is exported indirectly because it is further processed into export goods in other regions such as a transmission from Saarbrücken fitted in a BMW for export to the US.

The 70% export ratio is composed of:

Diagramm Exportquote

50% primary exports
20% indirect exports

Explanation:
About half of the Saarland’s industrial production goes directly for export, another 20% is exported indirectly because it is further processed into export goods in other regions such as a transmission from Saarbrücken fitted in a BMW for export to the US.

International competitiveness

International competitiveness

Home on international markets

40.000 jobs in the automotive industry
70 % export quota
A380 suppliers
Industry 4.0
Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 in the Saarland. What does it mean?

Industry 4.0 is about cooperation between humans and robots or robots and machines. The Saarland already has a leading role in the technologies for the ‘Factory of the Future’. Thus, in the development of self-propelled cars, quite a number of Saar companies can point to their experience with driver-assistance systems and safety applications in vehicles. Another Saarstahl and DFKI cooperative venture brings together ‘Big Data and Big Steel’. The project named iPRODICT combines production and business data digitally and in real time to develop new value-added potential.

An industrial future belongs to us

An industrial future belongs to us

Saarland is an industrial region and also a globally recognised computer science centre - two advantages that the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), in the first application-oriented industrial pilot project in the country, has combined to make Industry 4.0. In 2008, under the name of MaDispo - multi-agent technology in steel production - it was an international sensation. This development, which started years ago in the Völklingen steel mill, is what the world knows today as 'Industry 4.0'.

Saarland - ready for 4th industrial revolution Saarland - ready for 4th industrial revolution

Salary level
Salary level

Better off in the Saarland

According to a study by the Institute for Economic Research, the price level in the Saarland is around 5% below the average of West German federal regions. In its most recent calculation (source: SR-Online, 25/08/2014) the Institute came to the conclusion that a citizen of Baden-Württemberg would have to spend 908 euros for the same goods and services that a Saarlander could get for 844 euros. The national average is 875 euros.

Earn what you deserve

Earn what you deserve

Each euro earned is worth more here.
You want a secure job with a good income? Welcome to the Saarland! Jobs are more secure here with better salaries than many other business locations. You will rarely be out of work and, if you are, you will quickly find a relevant job. In addition, fewer jobs are generally lost due to insolvency.

Saarland workers’ salaries are around 4% (gross) above the national average, for professionals almost 7% above (source: BA remuneration statistics, end 2012). Young people, in particular, with limited work experience have the opportunity to obtain an above-average salary relatively quickly. And at the same time enjoy a relatively low cost of living. Moreover, jobs in the Saarland are generally less likely to be lost due to insolvency.

Family friendliness
Family friendliness
Children and career!

Children and career!

In the Saarland we all agree: children and career can be combined here in the best possible way. In order for the family not to be neglected when working, many Saarland companies provide a family-friendly environment. Up to the end of 2014, there were 120 businesses with the quality seal 'family-friendly company' - and more are on their way. The first point of contact for questions relating to a better work-life balance is the central service point 'Working and living in the Saarland'.

Service point „Working and living in the Saarland“ Service point „Working and living in the Saarland“

Business start-up
Business start-up
Good basis for start-ups

Good basis for start-ups

Do you want to take the plunge into self-employment? Great! In the strong growth environment of the Saarland, young businesses thrive to the maximum.

The 'Saarland Offensive for Start-ups' (SOG) supports budding and young entrepreneurs with a broad range of services. These comprise initial consultation about the entrepreneur's qualifications right through to networking with all start-up and business-related sites. The University of Saarland goes a step further: entrepreneurs are provided with a start-up mentor.

Cross-border labour market
Cross-border labour market

Trademark mobility

Around 200,000 people in the Greater Region cross a border daily en route to their workplace, and about 20,000 of them come to the Saarland. As part of the European greater region of Saar – Lor – Lux – Rhineland-Palatinate – Wallonia – the French and German-speaking communities of Belgium, Saarland is one of the most mobile labour markets in Europe – and a model for European identity. The proximity to European centres, such as Paris, Luxembourg, Strasbourg and Brussels, allows international business relationships and attractive career advancement and development opportunities.

If you live as a cross-border worker in one country and work in another, some issues have to be clarified at the beginning. Alongside CRS EURES Lorraine, the Saarland Chamber of Commerce has produced a guide for cross-border workers from Germany and France that answers many questions.

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