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Germany – Recruiters to pay more for agency staff

25 February 2013

More temporary agency workers in Germany are going to benefit from higher pay rates after a new agreement is set to raise wage levels by up to +45% for workers in the printing industry. This is part of a package of measures to introduce equal pay in the German staffing industry.

Thomas Bäumer, who represented staffing companies in the negotiations, said the pay rise will place a “significant” burden on recruiters. 

The new agreement will come into force on 1 July 2013, following similar accords in other sectors such as the metal, electrical and chemical industries. The agreement was signed last week between one of Germany’s largest union, the United Services Union ver.di, and the employer organisation in the temporary staffing industry (VGZ).

Temporary workers will see their pay increase gradually with the first salary rise of +8% due after four weeks. Wages will increase again after three months (+15%), five months (+20%), seven months (+35%) and nine months (+45%).  

The agreement will expire on 31 December 2017. 

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