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Bonn at a Glance

Working in Bonn

Bonn would be an ideal place for any expat within the business, finance and media economy sectors which are abundant in this German city due to its development and services. Find out more about working possibilities in Bonn in our expat guide in work permits, local economy and job hunting.

Work Permits for Bonn

If you are planning to take part in any work or business in Bonn, a work permit may be essential before you will be allowed to begin. This means that you will need to undertake the same procedures as those for finding out if you require a visa. Do all the correct research and speak to all the relevant people to find out exactly what needs to be done, how and when, otherwise you may find yourself in a tenuous position.

If you are a EU citizen you do not need to get a work permit unless you are a citizen of the newly acceded countries. EU citizens have the same rights to work as those of German students. All other non EU citizens will find all relevant information on the internet or by contacting the German Embassy in their home countries.

Local Economy

The economy in Bonn has its base in business, which has had a direct impact upon the architecture of the city. The city is renowned for the modern buildings that these businesses use for their headquarters or subsidiary offices, which have had a direct impact on the building trade, and of course that trade’s economic success.

Companies that have a large presence on the world stage have made Bonn the home of their head offices because of all that it has to offer. These include Haribo, Deutsche Telecom and its subsidiary, T-Mobile, Solar World, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

The success of Bonn’s economy are founded in the Social Market Economy that was mooted in the 1950s and has become the basis for many of Bonn’s, and indeed Germany’s, policies relating to economic success and growth. Critics claim that those who hark back to this time are basing their opinions on myths.

Job Hunting in Bonn

It has been said earlier in relation to looking for a place to live, but it needs to be repeated here too; the more successful foreign nationals in Bonn are those who can speak the language. It must be added, though, that many Bonn nationals are able to speak English as well as their native German, so absolute fluency isn’t always necessary.

If you already work in an industry that has a base in the city, you may be eligible for relocation; if not then it is back to the more traditional ways of looking for a job in Bonn. As well as local newspapers advertising vacancies (these can be found online), there are a number of employment agencies in Bonn. Some of these have an online presence so you can check them out. An example is the official website of the Agency for Employment.

For more information, please refer to our in-depth article about job hunting in Germany.

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