EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Germany
Region: Oder-Spree; Brandenburg
Location of affected unit(s): Grünheide


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of transport equipment
29.10 - Manufacture of motor vehicles
Number Employed: 48000

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 26-09-2020
Type of Restructuring: Business expansion
Employment Effect Start: 26-09-2020
Planned Job Creation: 12000

Additional Information

As announced on 26 September 2020, the US-based electric car manufacturer Tesla is creating 12,000 jobs in Grünheide just outside Berlin. The so-called Berlin Gigafactory is currently under construction and scheduled to start operation in mid-2021. For approximately 6,000 jobs, job profiles have already been created. To speed up the recruiting process, Tesla is seeking a high-volume recruiter able to recruit a high number of employees in a short time. Tesla is looking for all kinds of new employees (unemployed, lateral entrants, etc) in all sectors, such as warehousing, logistics, engineers, etc.

UPDATED 13/06/2022 As of June 2022 a total of 4,100 to 4,500 staff have been recruited so far, of which around 10% were foreigners, primarily from Poland. Tesla is hiring 500 to 600 people a month at its Grünheide plant and is working with the national employment agency to recruit workers no longer needed at German carmakers. As of June 2022, it is unknown when the recruitment will be completed.

Union representatives have expressed concern that Tesla, by seeking European Company status (SE), will try to circumvent German co-determination norms which are not required in the SE statute as well as industry collective bargaining arrangements.

Tesla intends to produce 500,000 cars annually.