Developer insights: where are the software developers in Germany?

Urban centers dominate, but Germany is more decentralized than you might think.

Overall number

Regional spread of developers on Germany

Map of Germany German cities and regions, showing the absolute numbers and percentages of software developers, as derived from the Federal Agency for Employment. Exact locations and numbers in the article.
Map of Germany with digital urban centers, displaying the percentage and absolute numbers of software developers.
  • Hamburg — 4.6% — 13,120
  • Berlin & Potsdam — 8.8% — 24,920
  • Bremen — 1.5% — 4,260
  • Hanover — 1.5% — 4,290
  • Ruhrgebiet & Düsseldorf — 5.4% — 15,300
  • Cologne & Bonn — 4.0% — 15,300
  • Leipzig & Halle — 1.4% — 3,980
  • Dresden — 1.5% — 4,280
  • Frankfurt am Main, Wiesbaden & Mainz & surrounding cities — 7.0% — 19,740
  • Mannheim & Heidelberg — 1.4% — 4,180
  • Nuremberg, Fürth & Erlangen — 4.9% — 13,930
  • Karlsruhe — 3.0% — 8,570
  • Stuttgart — 6.4% — 18,130
  • Freiburg — 0.7%— 2,140
  • Munich & Augsburg — 10.5% — 29,750

Software development in the countryside?

Where we find the most software developers

The overall distribution

The growth in percent from 2017 to 2021

Overview of local growth of software populations from 2017 to 2021. Exact numbers in the article.
Map of Germany, displaying 15 urban centers with the respective increase of software developer numbers in percentages and absolute numbers from 2017 to 2021.
  • Hamburg — +35% — +3,460
  • Berlin & Potsdam — +50% — +9,180
  • Bremen — +35% — +1,110
  • Hanover — +36% — +1,140
  • Ruhrgebiet & Düsseldorf — +50% — +5,110
  • Cologne & Bonn — +34% — +2,910
  • Leipzig & Halle — +38% — +1,110
  • Dresden — +37% — +1,160
  • Frankfurt am Main, Wiesbaden & Mainz & surrounding cities — +45% — +6,180
  • Mannheim & Heidelberg — +31% — +1,010
  • Nuremberg, Fürth & Erlangen — +38% — +3,890
  • Karlsruhe — +22% — +1,570
  • Stuttgart — +30% — +4,240
  • Freiburg — +41% — +630
  • Munich & Augsburg — +44% — +9,160

434 versus overall 43

Map of Germany, displaying 15 urban centers with the respective absolute numbers of IT & ICT experts and percentages among all IT & ICT experts in Germany. Exact numbers in the article. This display contains the previously displayed numbers of software developers in those numbers.
Map of Germany with digital urban centers, displaying the percentage and absolute numbers of IT/ICT specialists.
  • Hamburg — 4.9% — 46,150
  • Berlin & Potsdam — 6.9% — 65,580
  • Bremen — 1.1% — 10,570
  • Hanover — 1.9% — 18,330
  • Ruhrgebiet & Düsseldorf — 5.9% — 56,180
  • Cologne & Bonn — 4.8% — 45,330
  • Leipzig & Halle — 1.2% — 11,370
  • Dresden — 1.2% — 11,550
  • Frankfurt am Main, Wiesbaden & Mainz & surrounding cities — 8.3% — 78,590
  • Mannheim & Heidelberg — 3.9% — 4,180
  • Nuremberg, Fürth & Erlangen — 4.9% — 37,150
  • Karlsruhe — 2.3% — 21,940
  • Stuttgart — 5.3% — 50,570
  • Freiburg — 0.6% — 6,510
  • Munich & Augsburg — 10.1% — 95,290
Positions in IT/ICT in the thousands according to the German Society for Personnel Management.

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Franziska Hauck is Principal People Lead in Engineering, coach and certified mediator. tech (people) {code} is her hub for all things human in tech.

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Franziska Hauck is Principal People Lead in Engineering, coach and certified mediator. tech (people) {code} is her hub for all things human in tech.