Qualification

SUPERBLY QUALIFIED

In Saxony, the total proportion of the population aged between 25 and 64 who earned at least a Secondary Level II degree (at least the general university entrance qualification / completed vocational training, without a master craftsman’s degree) was 95 %. Germany’s nationwide average amounts to 87 %.

Likewise, Saxony does not need to fear an international comparison. With the value of 95 %, Saxony is ahead of all EU and OECD countries. And it is well above the OECD average of 79 %.

From a structural perspective, there are significantly more persons in Saxony who completed a vocational training than those who earned a university and/or college degree. With 30.1 % of the population having earned a tertiary level degree, Saxony corresponds to the German average (29.9 %) and is slightly below the OECD average (37 %).

With just 5 %, Saxony exhibits the second lowest proportion of persons with little qualifications (Secondary Level I or below) - compared to the other German federal states.

Chart: Qualification of the workforce - International Comparison
Chart: Education Monitor 2021

Source: Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) / Initiative for a New Social Market Economy (INSM), "Education Monitor 2021"

SAXONY IS GERMANY’S LEADER IN EDUCATION

In 2021 as well, Saxony defended its first place in a comparison of the educational systems of all German federal states – already for the sixteenth time in a row now! This was reported by the Education Monitor 2021, a comparative study conducted by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) on behalf of the Initiative for a New Social Market Economy (INSM).

Saxony scored high points in most of the 12 fields under investigation. Saxony achieved the top position with a total of 66.8 points.

Saxony exhibits specific strong points, for example, in the categories Support Infrastructure, Overall School Quality, Research Orientation (in each instance, 1st place) as well as Avoiding Educational Deprivation, and Internationalization (in each instance, 2nd place).

The business model Germany is based on high tech branches with strong export activities. That’s why it is so important to train and educate a sufficient number of MINT specialists. Towards this end, Saxony is Germany’s incubator for engineers. This is due to the high proportion of graduates in engineering sciences among all graduates. With 27.5 percent (Germany’s national average: 18.6 percent), Saxony achieves the absolute top value here in a comparison of all federal states. The replacement rate for engineers is also high, around 8.7 out of 100 employed engineers who were subject to mandatory social insurance contributions in Saxony were new engineering graduates. The German national average has only a replacement rate amounting to 6.3 percent. 

For the upcoming years, the bachelor’s and master’s programs of studies provide particularly superb opportunities of attracting students from abroad and, thus, counteracting the demographic change. Today, 15.8 percent of the students in Saxony are foreign students – in a comparison of all German federal states (average: 11.4 percent), this is the second best score.

GERMANY’S INCUBATOR FOR ENGINEERS

The business model Germany is based on high tech branches with strong export activities. That’s why it is so important to train and educate a sufficient number of MINT specialists. Towards this end, Saxony is Germany’s incubator for engineers. This is due to the high proportion of graduates in engineering sciences among all graduates. With 28.8 percent (Germany’s national average: 19 percent), Saxony achieves the absolute top value here in a comparison of all federal states. The replacement rate for engineers is also high, around 8.7 out of 100 employed engineers who were subject to mandatory social insurance contributions in Saxony were new engineering graduates. The German national average has only a replacement rate amounting to 6.3 percent. 

Source: Education Monitor 2020, by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) on behalf of the Initiative for a New Social Market Economy (INSM)

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Dr. Christoph von Plotho

President & Chief Executive Officer, Siltronic AG

"In 1995, we picked Freiberg as our new location; and the past 20 years have clearly demonstrated why this decision was the right one. Today, Freiberg is one of our most important production sites for 300-mm wafers. This is no coincidence because Saxony’s microelectronics tradition dates back many decades. And that’s precisely why we find those well-educated employees in this region whose competence and willingness to work hard have become the foundation for our economic success.

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