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Germany – Technical agency staff face pay gap

06 March 2013

Agency workers employed in technical professions tend to earn less than their permanent counterparts, but this does not have a huge impact on job satisfaction. A new survey by the Hans-Böckler Foundation, a research body representing the DGB (Confederation of German Trade Unions), questioned around 1,400 technical workers in Germany, finding huge pay gaps between temporary and direct hires.

The widest disparity in income was evident for engineers who on average earned a gross salary of €4,688 a month when directly hired by a company. Agency workers received far less at €3,823.

The pay gap was even wider for IT workers. Agency workers were paid €2,968 a month while direct hires took home €3,809.  Technicians meanwhile earned €2,932 when hired by staffing firms with direct workers receiving a monthly pay package of €3,596.

Nevertheless, agency workers generally showed high levels of job satisfaction when compared to direct employees, around 44% were unhappy about their salaries.


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