More than 90,000 colleagues waiting to work with you.
All you have to do now is decide on one of around 5,000 employers.
Working in Krefeld
Do you want to spend your lunch break with 3,000 or 3 colleagues? Around 5,000 Krefeld employers compete to offer you exciting roles and modern corporate cultures. In Krefeld, you have the choice between international global corporates, innovative medium-sized companies or traditional small businesses. The perfect connections to land, water and air not only make the city on the Rhine an ideal location for employers, but also offers attractive opportunities for your career and work-life balance. And if you’re a frequent flyer, there’s still plenty of time for the family thanks to the city’s proximity to Düsseldorf Airport. More than 90,000 people currently work in Krefeld – almost half of them have also decided to make the city their home.
How working in Krefeld feels.
Varied. Forward looking. Good for you.
Manufacturing on the Lower Rhine
Manufacturing is Krefeld’s biggest economic pillar – also in terms of jobs. Around 22,000 people work in around 360 Krefeld manufacturers, paving the way for products and innovations that power the world. The beginnings of industrial development are rooted in Krefeld’s important textile heritage. The silk city not only produced textiles, but also undertook research into their refinement. Even today, large Krefeld manufacturers are closely related to this industrial past, for example in the fields of chemical textile dyes or innovative technical fabrics. In their magazine “Made in Krefeld”, the zukunft durch industrie (Future through Manufacturing) initiative offers a surprising overview of Krefeld’s products and companies.
City like velvet and silk
Some of Krefeld’s great employers are literally connected by a thread with the city’s industrial textile heritage. More than 200 years ago, the “city like velvet and silk” supplied Emperors and Kings around the world, who could not get enough silk and brocade “Made in Krefeld”, with fine fabrics and textiles. Thanks to this exceptional quality, Krefeld became the richest city in the country in 1890. Today, the expertise and innovative spirit in the production and refinement of textiles makes Krefeld companies – predominantly in the chemical and mechanical engineering sectors – market leaders even today.
Good prospects for your career
Krefeld’s employer landscape is one thing above all: varied. Compared to other large cities, the city has a higher than average company density. Employers in the chemical, metal and mechanical engineering sectors are particularly well represented here. And those with a creative mind will meet like-minded colleagues and discover cutting-edge fields of work in a thriving creative industry. The healthcare industry is becoming increasingly important in Krefeld and is one of the strongest growth sectors. Being on the edge of Germany’s largest metropolitan area, the city’s location also opens up all kinds of opportunities for your career. In recent decades, this ideal position, at the crossroads of North Rhine-Westphalia with excellent connections to the world, has also been recognised by many international companies who have relocated to Krefeld.
Child care options
People working, living and starting a family in Krefeld can register their little ones for child care from the age of 4 months. There are various options on offer from about 45 nurseries, aimed at parents with children up to school age. For working parents who need a more extensive service, day care is available. All elementary schools in Krefeld are open all-day schools offering individual child care into the afternoon. The active weeks at Krefeld youth centres provide full and varied days of recreational activities to children up to 12 or 13 years old during the school holidays.
Krefeld companies are family-friendly
Since 2014, the Krefelder Netzwerk Wirtschaft & Familie (Krefeld Business & Family Network) has been holding a bi-annual competition to find the most family-friendly company in Krefeld. Here, employers can show their commitment to family-friendly personnel management, thereby positioning themselves clearly in the market for skilled workers. The competition has highlighted how important this topic is to many Krefeld companies but also how differently it is addressed in each company. In all honesty, one thing is clear: Krefeld companies are family-friendly.
Man hat in Hamburg viele Möglichkeiten. Die hat man in Krefeld aber nicht minder.Murat Devecioglu (43)
What training and further education opportunities are there?
If you are interested in training and further education, you can find more information in the Develop section
Can you easily commute to Krefeld?
Krefeld is connected to Europe’s largest road network. The city is served by 7 motorway junctions. All districts can be reached via main roads – and of course by very frequent public transport. Of course, in a metropolitan area like this, you won’t be the only one on the streets in the morning rush and after work, but there are enough options to make commuting as comfortable as possible.
Are apprenticeships available in Krefeld?
Every year, more than 500 companies throughout the city recruit resourceful and dedicated young people for various training courses. The latest events can be found in the beokalender career choices calendar.
For number crunchers
15 min. to the airport
- Every day, more than 60,000 passengers take off from Düsseldorf Airport for the world.
- Around 27% of jobs in Krefeld are in manufacturing.
- In 1884, around 30,000 looms in Krefeld produced textiles for the whole world.
- The energy booster Dextro Energy has been made in Krefeld since 1927.
- Every year in Krefeld, the accolade of "Tie Man of the Year" is awarded.
- Enjoy fries with mayo from Luvat. 15 tons of mayonnaise are manufactured in Krefeld every day.