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Germany's Companies Are Hiring Again

How foreign HR agencies profit: Place your candidates in Europe's #1 HR market (globally: #4). Learn from German experts in volume placement.

The German HR Market. Key Data:

Unemployment Rate (06.2020): 6,2%

Employed persons (social insurance; 04.2020): 33,413,000

Number of Job Vacancies registered by different sources:

  • BA (25.07.2020): 1,151,231
  • Ki (25.07.2020): 2.138.976

JIJ (25.07.2020): 1.698.746 



Number of Profession/groups (of 358) by Number of Job Vacancies on 25 July 2020

(in the sectors Management&Consulting, Engineering&Technics, Production/Manufacturing, IT/ICT, Health/Nursing/Medicine, Crafts/Trade, Sales&Marketing, Retail, Gastronomy/Hotel/Tourism, Finance&Accounting, HR, Admin./Office Management, Transport/Logistics, Construction)

1,084,000 jobs to fill in Q1.2020 (real number even higher) Compared internationally, C-19 influenced Germany's HR market much less. For 6 years already Germany's HR market performs exceptionally. 4,000,000+ candidates hired 2019. Private staffing/recruitment industry received highest fees since 18 years. 500,000+ fully paid apprenticeships/vocational trainings for young talents offered in 2019. 


Since 1st March 2020 work immigration for qualified candidates (f/m; academic AND non-academic/trained) from all over the world much easier. Germany is immigration country #2 now. Agile HR agencies & recruiter from Europe, Asia, the Americas & Africa profit from the new German immigration law by many new placement & business opportunities in one of the highest paying and largest HR markets (#1 in Europe / #4 globally).


German Labour Market Expert & Consultant for Foreign HR Agencies
German Labour Market Expert & Consultant for Foreign HR Agencies

Dear experts in HR,                                                                                                         14 July 2020

dear ladies and gentlemen,


the number of job ads in Germany increased by 47% compared to mid-April. In Q1.2020 the German companies had to fill 1,084,000 jobs. This again is the highest number in any country in Europe and one of the highest number globally.


Like in most countries, also the German companies "jammed the brakes" in the last months. After a significant rise in unemployment through C-19, further stabilization of the German labor market is expected in the coming months. In a global comparison, the German labor market - which generally is relatively "immune" to economic fluctuations - coped relatively well with C-19, too. Germany's rapid, intense actions against C-19. According to an Adecco report, Germany's government is one of the most successful and best-performing countries in fighting C-19.


Of course, several companies had to carry out significant redundancies, but many German companies intensively use/d "short time work" (Kurzarbeit), to keep their well-trained staff "on board". Also, according to a Randstad survey of 10,000+ German companies, 40% say that their business was/is not affected by the crisis at all. 4% even report a growth spurt.


However, the German labor market remained much more stable than expected and the enormous demand for skilled workers, experienced professionals, specialists, managers and also young talents always is present in the minds of the German recruiters and employers. Therefore since some weeks they started, to push the German economy fast again to the high level it had before.


Enjoy our information on the following pages.

Germany's HR Market: 5 Top Facts

  1. Germany globally is the 4th largest country in revenues in the private employment services industry. The sales revenues in 2018 reached 34.3 billion Euro (WEC).

  2. Apart from C-19, Europe’s powerhouse is relatively “immune” to global economic fluctuations. Even more: Germany's HR market since years already performs exceptionally. It presents repeated record highs in jobs and one of the Europe's lowest unemployment rates, which despite C-19 currently is at only 3.5%.

  3. Recruitment/staffing agencies in Germany place ≈1,000,000 candidates per year. In 2019 they received the highest fees since 18 years. Germany presents about 3.280,000 taxable companies, which pay some of the highest salaries in the world.

  4. In Q4.2019, just before C-19, the German companies had to fill 1,414,000 jobs. Even in Q1/2020 they offered 1,084,000 jobs. Also for Q2/2020 the number of jobs is expected to be above the 1 million mark.
    NOTE: These are "only official" numbers. Because of the characteristics of the German HR market the real number in jobs is significantly higher (more about that and the newest numbers in our Latest Reports).

  5. Lots of German companies doubled their international recruitment in 2019.
The Global Top 5 in Private Employment Services Industry (source: WEC)
The Global Top 5 in Private Employment Services Industry (source: WEC)

Top 5 in Private Employment Industry
(source: WEC)

Germany: Development in the number of vacant jobs (IAB Institute; in thousands)
Germany: Development in the number of vacant jobs (IAB Institute; in thousands)
Unemployment Rates European Union 04.2020 (source: statista)
Unemployment Rates European Union 04.2020 (source: statista)

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Germany: Map of Most Valuable Companies
Germany: Map of Most Valuable Companies

Our clients - the agile CEOs of small and mid-sized HR agencies, recruiters & executive searchers in Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa - wisely use that (hopefully one-time) "global timeout" as a real chance for new business. In Germany.


By profiting from our 26 years of insider know-how about the German HR market they prepare, to expand their business activities by placing their candidates in one of the largest markets for the private employment & recruitment services industry.


During the last 3 months we advised especially those CEOs & HR experts, who look for contacts to German companies and want to exploit all their chances for a successful market entry and growth. They get ready, before the German companies hire on full speed again.


Now you surely are interested in some more hard facts & numbers: 

The following data are from different national and international sources like the OECD, Ifo, Eurostat, Statista. Simply visit us regularly, to be updated.

The "OJAI Online Job Ads Index"

Number of Job Ads (index) from Direct Employers & Recruitment Agencies (calendar week 25.2020 relative to baseline cw  01.2020)

Ifo Business Climate Index (BCI) for Germany with Strongest Increase up to 86.2 points in June 2020

The Ifo research institute is widely known for its monthly "Ifo Business Climate Index" for Germany. According to it, Germany's companies further are optimistic and see "the light at the end of the (C-19-)tunnel". 

  • In the economic sectors manufacturing & service the BCI again rose significantly.
  • Construction companies assess their current situation as a bit better than last month.
  • In trade, the BCI once again jumped higher, although many traders expect disappointing business development. The mood in retail is more optimistic now than in wholesale.

The normalization of the German overall business situation is expected within 4.5 months (best case) to about 9 months in a single case scenario.

Ifo Employment Barometer (EB) for Germany Rises Strongly up to 92.3 in June 2020

Germany's companies now are more optimistic about employment. In the 4 sectors - service, construction, trade and manufacturing (incl. automotive/electrical/mechanical engineering) - the EB rose differently, but in some cases sharply. C-19 even boosted the number of job ads on LinkedIn in Software & IT services by +21% (compared to the same period last year). The health sector shot up by +46%. (source: joint study of Ifo & LinkedIn from March - May).

Country Rankings & The Influence of The New German Immigration Law

On 01/03/2020 Germany simplified its immigration law for work. By that new law HR agencies & recruiter from all over the world profit now by placing their candidates in Germany. Our "Country Rankings" show, from which countries immigrants & professionals increasingly move or want to move to Germany, which meanwhile is the #2 most popular country for work immigration. 







PHOENIX GIR: We bring you to the German HR Market

Do you want to know,

  • how to exactly profit by more business in the German HR market?
  • what's important for fast placements in Germany?
  • how to get a constant "flood" of contacts to German companies and placement partners?

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For now: It is good, to (get to) know you. Please stay healthy!


Peter M. Barnefske


"PHOENIX GIR: We increase your business in HR!"


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