Job search

Advice and support for jobseekers and the unemployed

A paid job is a prerequisite for financial independence. But even when the labor market situation is good, some people have difficulty in finding employment.

Here you’ll find information on where to seek help if you’re looking for work or have been unemployed for some time and don’t know where to turn next.

Links for jobseekers (Please note that when you click on a link you will be directed to a page written in German.)

Long-term unemployment

In cooperation with the Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) and numerous charitable organizations, Esslingen Council offers opportunities for the long-term unemployed.

Job Center

If you have been unemployed for a long time, you can seek help from the Job Center, a collaborative initiative run by Esslingen Council and the Federal Employment Agency.

Jobcenter Esslingen

The Job Center is responsible for providing financial security in the form of basic income support for jobseekers, also known as unemployment benefit II or “Hartz IV”. In addition, it provides advice and, where appropriate, further training, retraining and other measures aimed at helping the unemployed rejoin the workforce.

Grundsicherung (german)

Employment initiatives

Owing to major obstacles to employment (physical / mental illness, lack of qualifications, long-term unemployment, migrant background...), some people experience particular difficulty in finding their place in the world of work.

Employment initiatives provide assistance in cases such as these. The following employment initiatives offer jobs and social support for people facing major employment obstacles in and around Esslingen.

  • EBI- Esslinger Beschäftigungsinitiative
  • Zentrum für Arbeit und Kommunikation ZAK
  • Firma "Intakt"

These jobs are subsidized by the government. The companies participating in the scheme work closely with Esslingen Job Center.

Community Social Services Authority

The Community Social Services Office is responsible for opening up job opportunities for people facing major obstacles on the labor market.

It observes developments on the labor market and takes supportive action where necessary.

Target group: People receiving support from the Community Social Services Office and experiencing great difficulty in finding work even on the government-subsidized labor market.

Criteria for participation in the scheme:

  • Eligibility for jobseeker’s allowance according to section 16e of the German Social Security Code II (Sozialgesetzbuch – SBG II)
  • The long-term unemployed person must be resident in Esslingen
  • An employer can be found in the social economic sector
  • Without payment of a subsidy for a limited period, there would be no possibility of employment

Aims of the scheme: Work is a basic prerequisite for leading an independent life and participating in social activities. The aim is to open up employment opportunities for people with major personal problems.

Disabled people in work

People with a physical or mental illness often have difficulty in finding their place on the general labor market. Special support and sheltered workshops are available for the disabled, enabling them to participate in the world of work.

Specialist Integration Service (Integrationsfachdienst)

Bahnhofstr. 14
73207 Plochingen
Phone (0 71 53) 5 58 88-0
Fax (0 71 53) 5 58 88-99

This service helps the physically or mentally handicapped in possession of a severe disability pass (Schwerbehindertenausweis) with the following:

  • Searching for suitable employment
  • Solving problems in their existing job (impending dismissal, problems with supervisors or colleagues...)

Workshops for the Disabled (Werkstätten für behinderte Menschen – WfbM)

The following workshops for the disabled offer job openings in and around Esslingen:

  • Filderwerkstatt
  • Werkstatt am Neckar ( Samariterstiftung)
  • Werkstätten Esslingen - Kirchheim (Lebenshilfe)
  • Werkstatt Nikolauspflege
  • Rudolph- Sophien- Stift (Evangelische Gesellschaft Stuttgart)
  • Zentrum für Arbeit und Kommunikation (VSP)

Voluntary Year of Social Service (Freiwilliges Soziales Jahr – FSJ) and Federal Volunteer Service (Bundesfreiwilligendienst – BFD)

Volunteers work in charitable and social welfare institutions and make a significant contribution to society. This type of work promotes personal development and provides vocational orientation. (german)



Jobcenter Esslingen
Uhlandstr. 1
73734 Esslingen
Phone (01 80) 1 00 25 47 50-9 40

Further information

Bundesagentur für Arbeit

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