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Germany - Schleswig-Holstein

Where are the available workers?


The four cities/towns of Kiel, Lübeck, Flensburg and Neumünster, which all have district status in their own right, together account for more than a third of all unemployment in Schleswig-Holstein.

In December 2017, the highest unemployment rates and therefore a good supply of labour were to be found in the following rural districts and/or towns and cities:

  • Kiel (8.7%)
  • Flensburg (8.6%)
  • Neumünster (8.4%)
  • Lübeck (8.1%)

The following are the main occupational categories in which there is currently a surfeit of qualified unemployed persons:

  • Fisheries
  • Building technology
  • Environmental protection
  • Site security, personal security, fire protection, occupational safety
  • Sale of drugstore products and pharmaceuticals, medical supplies and healthcare goods
  • Specialist trade in books, art, antiques and music
  • Event services, event management
  • Company management and board of directors
  • Teaching at general-education schools
  • Teaching in educational institutions other than schools
  • Publishing and media industry

In addition, there is a large supply of labour for many semi-skilled occupations (care of animals; horticulture; wood working and processing; food preparation; building construction; painting, varnishing and plastering work, waterproofing of buildings, preservation of structures and wooden building components; site security, personal security, fire protection, occupational safety; sales; cleaning; event services, event management; office and secretarial work; education, social work and special needs care; household management and consumer advice).


Text last edited on: 11/2018

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