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The number of people with so-called 'normal jobs' (full-time, unlimited in time and above the income tax threshold) has decreased between 1998 and 2008, whilst the number of people in 'a-typical' jobs (temporary employment, part-time positions and low monthly pay positions) has increased by 2 million to 7.7 million, which represents 22.2% of the total working population of Germany, Handelsblatt writes.
The largest group were part-time employees with 4.9 million people, the smallest but fastest growing group were temporary employees with 610,000 people.
German Union IG Metall estimates that once the recession is over the number of temporary employees in Germany could quadruple to 2.5 million people and demands that temporary employment be better regulated in Germany.
According to the Federal Statistics Office the average gross salary in Germany is â‚¬16.63 per hour whilst people on 'normal jobs' earned â‚¬18.04 per hour, people in a-typical employment only earned â‚¬11.98 per hour.
Christoph Schmidt, President of RWI Institute for Economic Research commented "the type of employment contract is not the only reason for lesser salaries. Qualifications have a huge influence on pay. People should not jump to conclusions on a-typical jobs and impoverishment. If a-typical jobs didn't exist many people wouldn't have a job at all, which is the real threat of poverty in Germany."