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Germany – Agency workers to see higher pay

20 June 2013

Temporary agency workers employed in the laundry service sector can look forward to an increase in the sectoral minimum wage, due to come into force on 1 August. The German staffing industry has seen recent wage increases in a number of sectors, most importantly in the large metal and electrical industry.

The minimum wage for agency workers in the laundry services sector will be raised to €8.25 in West Germany from a previous €8.00 and €7.50 in East Germany, up from €7.00. By 2016, this figure is expected to increase to €8.75 in both East and West Germany.

The agreement regarding wage entitlements in this sector expired in March this year with trade unions and employers now agreeing on increasing wages. According to statistics, 80% of those working in the laundry services sector are female.

Politicians in Germany have repeatedly called for raising wages in the recruitment industry to close the pay gap between temporary and permanent workers. This led to the introduction of a nationwide minimum wage for agency workers in 2012. 


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