Silicon Saxony: Magnet for skilled workers

– The microelectronics and ICT sector will grow by 6.4 percent to 81,000 employees in 2023
– Software industry continues to develop very well in Saxony and is growing by almost 2% to 40,000 employees
– Silicon Saxony maintains forecast of over 100,000 employees by 2030
– Silicon Saxony welcomes ESMC as its 555th member

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More than 750 representatives from industry, science and politics met on June 11 for the 18th Silicon Saxony Day. Photo: © Silicon Saxony, Tommy Halfter

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Dresden, June 11, 2024: A great atmosphere at Dresden Airport. More than 700 industry representatives, sector experts and scientists from over 20 countries met today at the 18th Silicon Saxony Day 2024 in the heart of the European semiconductor industry. A key issue for the German semiconductor cluster: how can the establishment and expansion of chip factories be reconciled with the development of Dresden’s urban infrastructure and the recruitment of skilled workers and employees? For the semiconductor association, this is a key to success for further growth in the European high-tech region. “The commissioning of the new production capacities marks the beginning of a new era for Silicon Saxony. The importance of chips will remain high in the future. We assume that other companies will also find their way to Saxony in order to benefit from the research density, production and expertise of the many medium-sized companies,” says Dirk Röhrborn, CEO of Silicon Saxony.

Silicon Saxony: magnet for skilled workers

At Silicon Saxony’s most important event of the year, the high-tech industry association presented new figures on the development of industry in Saxony. The location has developed continuously and solidly in recent years. The annual increases correspond to linear growth, as has been observed since the early 2000s. “In 2023, however, the industry grew more strongly than in previous years,” explains Frank Bösenberg, Managing Director of Silicon Saxony. The microelectronics and ICT sector grew by 6.4 percent to 81,000 employees in 2023. The software industry is also developing, albeit somewhat less dynamically in 2023, growing by just under 2 percent to 40,000 employees. “We are sticking to our forecast that more than 100,000 people will be working in demanding jobs in Silicon Saxony in 2030. With last year’s growth, we are still clearly heading in this direction,” says Frank Bösenberg. The industry association sees the main reasons for this in the increase in personnel, which is directly and indirectly linked to investment and expansion. “The development shows that jobs with prospects are still attractive. The figures show that Silicon Saxony is a magnet for skilled workers,” says Frank Bösenberg.

Figures / data / facts at a glance:

2021 2022 2023 Growth in percent (compared to the previous year)
Microelectronics & ICT in Saxony (employees
in total)
 73.000 76,100 81,000 +6.4 %
Software sector 36,613 39,249 40,011

+ 1.9 %

Sources: Figures collected by the SMWA (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019) and by Silicon Saxony (2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023) using data from the Statistical Office of Saxony and the Saxony Employment Agency (2011-2023), employees on 30 September of the respective year.


With over 550 members, Silicon Saxony e. V. is Saxony’s largest high-tech network and one of the largest microelectronics and IT clusters in Germany and Europe. As a self-financed association, Silicon Saxony has been connecting manufacturers, suppliers, service providers, colleges/universities, research institutes, public institutions and industry-relevant start-ups in Saxony and beyond since its foundation in 2000. The overarching goals of the network’s work include expanding and strengthening Europe’s leading microelectronics location and driving forward the parallel development of Saxony as a software state.

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