German low wage jobs decreased in 2023German low wage jobs decreased in 2023
  • Highest Proportion of Low-Wage Jobs in Hospitality Industry
  • 2.4 Million Employment Relationships at Minimum Wage Level

Wiesbaden, Germany – The proportion of jobs in the low-wage sector in Germany has decreased from 19% to 16%, according to recent statistics. This development indicates a notable shift in the employment landscape, with around 2.4 million employment relationships now receiving the minimum wage. This change is partly attributed to the increase in the minimum wage from €9.82 to €12.00 between January and October 2022.

The hospitality industry has the highest percentage of low-wage employment, with over half of all jobs in this sector falling into the low-wage category. Sectors such as agriculture, forestry, fishing, arts, entertainment, and recreation also have above-average proportions of low-wage workers. In contrast, public administration, finance and insurance, information and communication, and environmental services sectors have the lowest proportions of low-wage employment.

The statistics also reveal a gender disparity in low-wage employment, with 19% of women working in the low-wage sector compared to 13% of men. This data highlights the ongoing challenges and dynamics within the German job market, particularly in sectors more vulnerable to low-wage conditions.

By Silvia Orfeo

Silvia Orfeo is a Sr. Politics and Economics Reporter at Nobot.News

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