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About us

The state of Lower Saxony is the biggest employer throughout Lower Saxony. We have service offices available in all regions of the state, from the Harz Mountains all the way up to the North Sea. With over 80 vocational training options, scholarship programmes and dual course of study, we have immense variety on offer for budding employees. And university graduates will also find an impressive bandwidth of interesting job offers in Lower Saxony.

There are many and various public authorities and service offices with a wide variety of tasks, such as with the police or justice department, at schools or revenue offices, in the IT sector or road construction administration, in agriculture or consumer protection or youth and social matters, cooperation in EU promotional programmes or the implementation of nature conservation measures.

Opportunities held in store by various working time models, allowing for compatibility of work, family and nursing care with flexible forms of working (such as tele-commuting, home office and the like) are what make the state of Lower Saxony so attractive and innovative.

Here on the career portal of Lower Saxony or – with the personal newsletter (Link zu Unterseite Newsletter vorsehen!) – you will find up-to-the-minute information in your email inbox on job offers, training positions available, dual courses of study and preparatory services from all fields of the state administration.

Ready to start your career in the state of Lower Saxony? – Of course you are!

Structure of the state administration

The state administration in Lower Saxony comprises public authorities of the direct and indirect state administration. Public authorities of the direct state administration are:

  • at top level, the ministries, the State Audit Office, the President of the Parliament of Lower Saxony and the State Data Protection Officer and
  • a number of central state authorities as well as decentralised specialist authorities at local level.

Authorities of the indirect state administration are the municipalities and other institutions such as corporations, bodies and foundations under public law.

The state offices (referred to as Landesbetriebe) in Lower Saxony, more of which were founded in this state than in any other federal German state have a special role somewhere between the form of authority and a private-sector orientation of their tasks. Like a public authority, the state office still belongs to the domain of the direct state administration but operates with a stronger business management focus than the state administration.

 

Structure of the state administration – graphic overview

 

Social security

You will be paid remuneration in accordance with the tariff agreements of the federal states of Germany (TV-L) or the [German] Federal Remuneration Act (Bundesbesoldungsgesetz). In addition to your monthly salary as part of the collectively agreed tariff remuneration, you will also receive an annual bonus payment as well as a company old-age pension by the Versorgungsanstalt des Bundes und der Länder, an institution that provides additional benefits for retired workers or workers’ dependents at member companies.

As a public servant, you will have the opportunity to achieve a non-terminable employment relationship (referred to as a service and loyalty relationship).

Please note the links below to the salary calculator made available by an external provider, which will give you a initial overview of your pay or remuneration. The editorial panel staff members of the Careers Portal assume no liability whatsoever for the content and correctness of any calculations. Please note that you cannot derive any legal entitlements on the basis of the calculations you may have carried out.

For further particulars, please read the information available on the German-language website of the State Authority of Lower Saxony for Remuneration and Benefits (Nds. Landesamtes für Bezüge und Versorgung (NLBV).

 

Work-Life-Balance

Work-life balance is called what makes people happy and content – to ultimately ensure that they are and remain healthy and fit at work. To the state of Lower Saxony, the health of its employees enjoys high priority. For this reason, persons with responsibilities for personnel are called upon to keep an eye on and support the work-life balance of their employees. The state of Lower Saxony actually trains its managers to do so.

Now here’s a common occurrence: someone from school phones up and says your sick child needs to be picked up and taken home. You will need someone at home to look after your child. However, you also need to urgently finish the assignment you have started. The need to harmonise work and private life poses challenges to some people. We help you to organise your working times flexibly in order to keep your deadlines, e.g. by home office or tele-commuting.

All service offices within the state administration of Lower Saxony use many and various measures to ensure good compatibility of work and private life, be it for purposes of childcare, for nursing family members or to take care of voluntary activities or mandates on councils.

Zertifikat Audit Berufundfamilie



Work and health

Work and health at the state administration of Lower Saxony comprises the topic ranges of health management/work protection and corporate health promotion.

Health management is what we call a planned and controlled process designed to promote and maintain employees’ health. In the process, health management focuses in particular on working conditions on site, rather than the individual health behaviour of employees. “Managing health” means taking note of the subject of health in all decision-making processes and integrating it permanently in the organisation of the service office. And what’s particularly important: the employees are included in this process.

Company health promotion is intended to reinforce employees at the service offices to deal with the requirements of daily working life. It enables employees in the interests of their own personal care to proactively do something for the benefit of their own health. The development and spread of health promotion programmes basically is a task of the statutory public health funds, which offer training sessions, courses and lectures on health topics. In this way, the service offices have the opportunity to create appropriate offerings in cooperation with the health funds. These include nutrition advice, smoking withdrawals, stress management courses, spinal gymnastics, health check-ups or participation in health days organised at the service offices.

Inclusion

It is important to us and a societal responsibility when filling vacant positions also to ensure in particular that we assign priority to employing persons with disabilities and equal qualifications.

We want the personnel structure of the state administration to reflect a societal image of the people who live in and call Lower Saxony their home in order to better understand people’s needs and implement our findings in their daily work. This is one of our contributions towards a forward-looking Lower Saxony. The state of Lower Saxony – an employer with diversity

Within the scope of selection proceedings, the rules therefore are as follows:

Severely disabled applicants are given preference if they have the same qualifications and skills as others unless this is opposed by reasons of greater legal weight not associated with the person of other applicants.

After employment, it is ensured that persons with physical disabilities are provided with suitable workplace equipment for them to carry out their tasks.

Equal rights

Until today, there have been considerably more men engaged in outstanding positions in business, politics and science, even though women are just as highly qualified and suitable for the jobs in question. The aim is to offer women the same opportunities in all societal areas of life. Work in gainful employment and in family life must be distributed more fairly between women and men in order to actually facilitate freedom of choice. The working world must be reorganised to render it friendlier towards families. The Equal Rights Act of Lower Saxony (Niedersächsisches Gleichberechtigungsgesetz – NGG) provides rules and regulations to facilitate equal rights between women and men in the public service. In public tenders, members of the respective under-represented gender are encouraged to apply for the relevant jobs.

In an advertising campaign in 2016, our ministers (male and female) addressed the right target group. As early as primary and secondary schooling, the stage can already be set for an affirmed equal rights status of women and men in the working community. The Future Day addresses girls and boy in classes 5 - 10. On the Future Day, schoolgirls and schoolboys are to find out about occupations that are atypical for genders. Companies, universities and other institutions provide the opportunity to learn about occupations and professions.

In addition, the state of Lower Saxony has committed itself in its rules of procedure to gender mainstreaming and follows up equal rights status as a consistent guiding principle.

Mentoring programme for women

In its role as an employer, the state of Lower Saxony offers a mentoring concept for women at the highest state authorities in Lower Saxony. At the forefront of the programme is the need to render the personal and skill-based potential of women (mentees) visible as well as to identify and foster development potential. They are accompanied by mentors for a duration of one year. These are experienced managers who will allow you to share their own life and professional experience and introduce you to existing networks.

Intercultural opening

Lower Saxony is colourful – as are its people! For this reason, the personnel structure is intended to reflect an image of the people who live in and call Lower Saxony their home. In order to reflect diversity as an employer no only by various work areas and activities but also by the employees of the state, intercultural opening is important.

Intercultural opening is the prerequisite for equality of opportunity and participation for all citizens. In the interests of equality of opportunity, each and every person is to be viewed exclusively according to their specialist and personal skills and capabilities, irrespective of their migration background, if any.

The objective therefore is to further extend the intercultural opening in the state administration. By creating access to educational facilities and workplaces with equal opportunities, at the same time the state government combats discrimination and reinforces the level of participation of all people living in Lower Saxony.

Voluntary traineeship in business and administration

The two-week voluntary traineeship in business and administration offered by the state of Lower Saxony has been on offer each year since 1988, has met with immense interest and has been continually used by the associated administrations and businesses. With the aid of the voluntary traineeship in business and administration, it has since been possible each year to give thirty managers from the public administration and private-sector businesses an insight into the various fields of activity and to establish the voluntary traineeship as an outstanding personnel development instrument.

The voluntary traineeship in business gives employees of the public administration the opportunity to obtain practical knowledge of the structure and decision-making workflows in private-sector businesses. Information is provided about experiences and problems of private-sector businesses in their dealings with public authorities, illustrating the impacts of decisions by state administrations on private-sector businesses.

In return, the voluntary traineeship in administration offers participants from private-sector businesses the opportunity to obtain insights into the working methods of the public administration and to get to know the tasks and workflows of the various state service offices personally.

Management is of the essence!

Good leadership makes a decisive contribution to boosting the attractiveness of the state as an employer and to maintain and enhance the level of motivation and performance capabilities of employees, thus sustainably securing the success of the state administration. It is an essential success factor for the state administration of Lower Saxony. Motivated and well qualified employees are necessary to be able to overcome the challenges of a constantly changing society.

In times of demographic change and ever scarcer resources, managers play a very central role when it comes to entrenching such elements as performance orientation, responsibility culture or diversity management within the state administration. In order to alert managers to the forthcoming challenges and to provide them with suitable and a top-quality skill set, the qualification of managers is of outstanding importance. The state of Lower Saxony provides you with active support in this regard. The state’s proprietary study institution has offers available for managers.

Work on a national and international scale

Work – also beyond the borders of Lower Saxony? Even that is possible. Thanks to Germany’s federal structure, the state of Lower Saxony is present both on a national scale in Berlin and also internationally in Brussels. The interests of the state of Lower Saxony are pooled and represented in the respective state representative offices within Germany and the EU.
Opportunities may also arise for you to take care of the interests of Lower Saxony in one of the state's representative offices.

But not only there: for employees with particularly outstanding qualifications, a further career window is available. Become a national expert in the functional administrations of the European Union and work directly in setting the future course of the key policy issues of our time.

Vocational and advanced training

In some occupational groups, there is no question as to whether advanced training offers are actually accepted: teachers permanently need to keep their educational skills and specialist knowledge at the same level as the latest teaching curriculum. And it goes without saying that judges need to be familiar with current jurisprudence, and employees in many and various industry segments in which new technology hits the market time and again, such as informatics or surveying technology, constantly need to extend and renew their knowledge. This is why this topic is also very important to us!

In addition, various offerings are available – within our own administration or with the Study Institute of the state of Lower Saxony – to enable employees to develop further in specialisation or personal terms.

Employees in Lower Saxony are generally entitled to five days’ paid leave to attend educational events in accordance with Lower Saxony’s Educational Leave Act.

What does the acronym MINT (MINT studies, MINT occupations) stand for?

“MINT” is a widespread term that was coined from the initials of the words Mathematics, Informatics, Natural Sciences and Technology. As these vocational training measures and sciences are part of the most innovative fields, MINT graduates are highly sought-after.

To find vocational training professions as well as dual studies and scholarships for MINT occupations in the state of Lower Saxony, please select the following fields of interest from the relevant search entries.

  • Construction
  • Computers
  • Electronics
  • Trades
  • Laboratory
  • Mechanics
  • Nature/Environment
  • Natural Sciences
  • Technology

 

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