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 2020 accounted for agriculture, forestry, and fishery, and 18.9 percent for the production industry (without construction sector). The entire service sectors accounted for 72.1 percent.

When it comes to the service sectors, 32.5 percent of the employees in Saxony were attributable to the public services, education and health sector, 23.6 percent to the trade, transport, hotel & restaurant, information & communication sector as well as 16 percent to the sector real estate activities, financial and insurance services, business services.

Chart: Regional Distribution of Saxony’s Workforce (comparison 2010 and 2020)

Source: Statistical Office of the Federal State of Saxony


More than 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 2010, whereby Leipzig has slightly surpassed Saxony’s state capital during this period of time. However, growth has also been recorded in all other regions in Saxony.


50.7 percent of the approximately 4.06 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 labor force participation rate for women aged between 15 and 65 years: 78.6 percent. 777,700 women and 830,811 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. 29.4 percent of the chief executives in Saxon companies are female. Thus, Saxony ranks second in a nationwide comparison. (Source: CRIF Bürgel GmbH, data services)



In Saxony, a large 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 50 and 65, 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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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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