These German cities offer the best work-life balance

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These German cities offer the best work-life balance

A new report shows where in Germany it's easiest to strike that perfect balance between career and personal life. Sorry Berlin and Frankfurt - you didn't make it into the top ten.


Whether it's being able to get off work early on a Friday, or having time to take your child to their sports game, these aspects of a good work-life balance are quite important to German professionals, according to various recent reports.

A new analysis shows where in the country workers can best have the best of both worlds, with data compiled by employer rating site kununu and career social network Xing, and a graph released by Statista on Thursday.

The two career websites analyzed 65,000 ratings of employers from 30 big cities in Germany in 2016.

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The results showed that employers in the Baden-Württemberg city of Karlsruhe received the highest average rating for work-life balance of 3.7 out of 5. In particular, the report found that professionals in the city were most often able to work from home compared to any other city, with 56 percent of companies offering this possibility.

And about seven out of ten professionals had flexible working hours rules. On top of that, Karlsruhe came in second behind Kiel for the percentage of employers that offer childcare at 22 percent. For Kiel, this was 23 percent.

Following closely behind Karlsruhe was Münster in North Rhine-Westphalia with a score of 3.64 out of 5.

The Baden-Württemberg capital of Stuttgart came in third at 3.6. Here two-thirds of the reviews surveyed indicated that employers allowed workers to freely allocate their work hours.

The “other German capital” of Bonn came in fourth place, followed by the Bavarian capital of Munich at fifth place.

The hip Millennial hotspot of Berlin fell to a disappointing 22nd place - and to the probable consternation of Berliners, behind Frankfurt at 21st place.

The report noted that the four cities at the very bottom of the totem pole all came from around the Rhineland-Ruhr valley region: Essen (3.34), Mönchengladbach (3.25), Duisburg (3.21), and Gelsenkirchen (3.14).

The graph below shows the top ten, and bottom two German cities for work-life balance:

Infografik: In diesen Städten ist die Work-Life-Balance am besten | Statista Mehr Statistiken finden Sie bei Statista


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