The new minimum wage in Germany

The national minimum wage and its impact on companies

Starting January 1, 2017, the new national wide minimum wage comes into force in Germany. The minimum wage is raised by 4% up to 8.84 Euros per hour. The Minimum Wage Commission (composed of representatives of labor unions and trade unions) has decided to raise the minimum wage from 8.50 EURO by 4% to 8.84 EURO per hour.

In the case of minor employment contracts (so-called minijobs), from 2017 onwards, the working time agreement must be updated accordingly as a result of the increase of the minimum wage. So the limit of 450 € is must exceeded which results to a maximum working time of 50,5 hours per month.  

This equals to two working hours less compared to last year. 

These are just a few of the changes to come into effect by the new law from 01.01.2017. For further questions or concrete assistance in the field of the German national minimum wage, please contact us under or +49 (0) 6181 - 250 330.

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