Business expansion
Brandenburg; Oder-Spree;
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Motor Vehicles, Trailers And Semi-Trailers
29.10 - Manufacture of motor vehicles

12,000 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
26 September 2020
Employment effect (start)
26 September 2020
Foreseen end date


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.



Eurofound (2020), Tesla, Business expansion in Germany, factsheet number 102011, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/102011.