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The 10 Most Promising Technology Locations in Germany

| Editor: Janina Seit

Which German cities outside the major metropolises have the most promising future for tech professionals? The Joblift job platform investigated this question and established a link between the number of jobs advertised and the quality of universities.

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It is well known that there are numerous large companies with many job offers in Berlin, Munich and Co. But where are the country's tech centers located outside the major metropolises? The Joblift job platform investigated this question and examined 17 million job advertisements posted in the past two years.

Among the 500 Top Universities — Engineering and Technology worldwide or at least with one chair for Entrepreneurship at the local university; special excellence, if both are available.
Among the 500 Top Universities — Engineering and Technology worldwide or at least with one chair for Entrepreneurship at the local university; special excellence, if both are available.
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The job portal used various criteria for the evaluation, including increase in job offerings in the technology industry and the share of technical job profiles such as IT experts or engineering professions in the total number of advertisements for a specific location. This analysis resulted in a list of ten medium-sized cities with considerable potential as a technology location in Germany. The list was topped by Karlsruhe, followed by Aachen and Ingolstadt. Joblift also found that excellent technical universities and entrepreneurship training courses seem to benefit the establishment of tech companies.

Germany's High-Tech Locations of the Future

Based on the number of posts for tech jobs, their increase over the last two years, their share in all advertisements and the quality of local technical education, Joblift has evaluated the potential of medium-sized German cities (less than 500,000 inhabitants).

Karlsruhe, Aachen and Ingolstadt occupy the first three places. The clear concentration in southern Germany is striking.
Karlsruhe, Aachen and Ingolstadt occupy the first three places. The clear concentration in southern Germany is striking.
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Quality of Universities Plays an Important Role

Outside of the big cities, Germany sees the emergence of genuine technology centers: However, southern Germany seems to be the main beneficiary of this trend, as six out of the ten high-tech cities are located in Baden-Württemberg or Bavaria. Only the Thuringian city of Jena represents the new federal states in the ranking and, apart from Erlangen with only about 100,000 inhabitants, is also one of the smallest technology locations. While Erlangen is likely to benefit above all from nearby Nuremberg, Jena has positioned itself as the fourth fastest growing city in the tech sector last year with a growth of more than 50 % compared to 2016.

But why do high-tech companies choose these cities for a company location? In addition to rising rents and land prices in all major German cities, another reason is likely to become increasingly important for the choice of location: The increasing struggle for sought-after specialists. The local proximity to universities with high teaching quality offers, at best, access to a wide range of highly qualified graduates — six out of the ten tech-centers listed in the Joblift ranking, are also home to one of the 500 best universities worldwide in the category Engineering and Technology. In addition, universities with correspondingly supportive teaching programs, such as courses for entrepreneurship, often result in spin-offs and start-ups whose founders often decide in favor of a business location near their university while they are still studying or shortly afterwards. For example, the three most frequently advertised tech cities of Karlsruhe, Mannheim and Bonn also ranked among the first three cities with less than 500,000 inhabitants and the highest number of open positions offered by start-ups.

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This article was first published by elektrotechnik. Executive editor: Katharina Juschkat.

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