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In Germany, real wages rose by an average of +0.7% in the final quarter of 2013, when compared to the same time a year ago. This according to new data published today by the German statistics office.
Real wages have been adjusted for inflation, compared to unadjusted nominal wages. The statistics office said that nominal wages were up +2.8% in period. Overall, real earnings rose by +0.5% in 2012. Extra payments and working time effects did not have a substantial impact on the development of earnings in 2012.
Full-time and part-time workers took home the highest pay, earning an hourly gross wage of €19.33. The highest paid workers could be found in Hamburg where employees where received an average of €21.83, followed by Hesse (€21.26) und Baden-Württemberg (€20.93).
A west and east divide remained as workers in the east of the country were among the lowest paid with some earning less than €15 an hour.