Structure: Industry sectors, Age and more

Chart: Sectoral Distribution of Saxony’s Employed Persons

Source: Statistical Office of the Federal State of Saxony


The sectoral distribution of Saxony’s employed persons is illustrated by the adjacent figure. As depicted, 1.3 percent of the total number of employees in 2018 accounted for agriculture, forestry, and fishery, and 19.1 percent for the production industry. The entire service sectors accounted for 71.9 percent.

When it comes to the service sectors, 31.7 percent of the employees in Saxony were attributable to the public services, education and health sector, 23.8 percent to the trade, transport, hotel & restaurant, information & communication sector as well as 16.4 percent to the sector real estate activities, financial and insurance services, business services.

Chart: Regional Distribution of Saxony’s Workforce (comparison 2007 and 2017)

Source: Statistical Office of the Federal State of Saxony


Almost one third of those employees in Saxony who are subject to mandatory social insurance contributions have their residence in the two large cities Leipzig and Dresden. That’s why it’s not surprising that both metropolises have exhibited the highest growth rate since 2007, whereby Leipzig has slightly surpassed Saxony’s state capital during this period of time. However, growth has also been recorded – mostly to the same extent – in all other regions in Saxony.


50.8 percent of the approximately 4.08 million Saxons are female. Compared, above all, to most West German regions, these females represent an above average proportion on the labor market. Saxony has the highest employment rate for women: 48.9 percent (as of December 2017). The employment rate indicates the proportion of female employees aged between 15 and 65 who are subject to mandatory social insurance contributions. 782,554 women and 817,984 men who are subject to mandatory social insurance contributions are currently employed on Saxony’s labor market.

A pioneering role is also assumed by women in executive positions. 35 percent of the chief executives in Saxon companies are female. Thus, Saxony ranks first in a nationwide comparison. The proportion of women at the second management level amounts to about 40 percent. (Source: Institute for Labor Market and Occupational Research IAB)



In Saxony, the largest proportion of employees who are subject to mandatory social insurance contributions is between 45 and 60 years old. – That’s why these employees can build on extensive professional and personal experiences. The next generation of 25 to 40 year old employees is almost equally strong – with fresh ideas and high educational levels.

While women are slightly in the majority in the age group between 45 and 55, the younger generation closes the gap with more male employees.

Chart: Age Structure of Saxony’s Workforce

Source: Statistical Office of the Federal State of Saxony

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