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Germany – Pay changes for agency workers

01 May 2013

Temporary agency workers in the painting trade will next year see an increase in their pay rate due to a new minimum wage in the sector coming into force on 1 May 2013. This sets the hourly base pay for workers in this profession at €9.90.

And by 30 April 2014, temporary agency workers in this sector will have to be paid the same amount. The minimum pay rate applies to both unskilled workers in the East and West of Germany. But journeymen in West Germany will have to be paid at least €12.15 an hour from next year.

In the training and further education industry, new regulations are to come into force on 1 July this year and are expected to be valid until 31 December 2015. Educational employees in the staffing industry will see their pay rise gradually, depending on where they live. From 1 July, agency workers in this sector should be paid at least €12.60 an hour if they live in West Germany, with this rate rising to €13.35 by January 2015. Workers in East Germany will see their basic pay start at €11.25 and increase to €12.50 by 2015. 

In other industries, so-called equal pay agreements aim to close the pay gap between temporary and permanent workers. But agency workers in some of Germany’s major sectors, including the metal and electrical industry, still tend to earn less than their permanent counterparts despite recent surcharges raising pay. 

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