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Germany – Agency workers benefit from equal pay

18 January 2013

Over half of temporary agency workers affiliated with the German Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (iGZ) are benefiting from new equal pay agreements, a recent survey has found.

Most of the agency workers, around 55%, profiting from higher pay rates can be found in the metal/ electrical and chemical industries, which were among the first sectors to introduce these new collective bargaining agreements.

The survey also found that the increased pay rates for agency workers help to make the staffing industry more attractive to employees. Although staffing firms in Germany still find themselves criticised by the media and politicians, companies hope the equal pay agreement will improve their image and close the pay gap in the industry.

Respondents also said they do not expect flexibility to suffer from the new agreements as client companies will still rely on agency workers. The data shows that 34% of staffing buyers take over agency staff as direct hires. The majority of those work in full-time jobs (89%) while 51% have a permanent contract.

The survey also indicated that skilled agency workers tend to have longer assignments than unskilled workers. 

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