Labour Market & Jobs

The Bavarian state government is pursuing a series of initiatives in order to ensure that companies have a constant supply of specialist staff in the next generation. One major advantage is that, because the location is so attractive, many foreign workers also feel at home in Bavaria. Find out more about the Bavarian labour market here.

The key resources of Bavaria are qualification and training. The knowledge and skills of local workers are the guarantee for the economic success of the free state in the global marketplace and the primary reason for many international companies to settle in Bavaria.

  • Qualified personnel can be found quickly in this state.
  • Employers can basically create their recruitment process for prospective employees freely.
  • There are few general guidelines that must be followed, such as the prohibition of discrimination.
  • When searching for a suitable workforce, companies are supported by various parties.

The Federal Employment Agency is represented everywhere with its job centers, in all cities and towns of the free state. The federal agency offers all interested parties free professional staffing services. In addition, many private providers offer specialized services from recruiting certain occupations up to executive placement. Contacts for recruiting are available from Invest in Bavaria.
Here you can also obtain information about public programs, with which federal and state governments support the development of qualified staff, further development and training programs for new employees.

When recruiting new employees, companies may receive direct government wage subsidies under certain conditions. As a rule, in Germany, work relationships are closed in writing by contract. To make it as simple as possible for companies to hire employees, the free state and federal authorities have created a range of flexible recruitment alternatives that are especially suited for developing a new business.

  • Time working arrangements offer companies the opportunity to employ people without having to sign their own contracts with the employees. Instead, the requesting company is provided with staff from a temporary work agency under freely negotiable terms. Companies only pay an agreed amount for transfer of staff to the temporary work agency, which addresses the actual employment relationship with the employees.
  • With so-called “mini-jobs“, companies can employ staff with a monthly payment of 450 Euros. With mini-jobs, 30 percent of gross earnings are collected from the employer as social security contributions as well as a lump sum tax. On the part of the employee no deductions are withheld.
  • “midi-jobs” (also called low-wage jobs) are jobs with a monthly payment of 450.01 to 800 Euros. For midi-jobs, employees pay a reduced contribution rate of social security.