Study: A minimum wage of EUR 12 helps women in particular

Released on 17.09. 2021

  • Who would benefit most from a higher minimum wage ?. Photo: Jens Wolf

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According to calculations by the union-related Hans Böckler Foundation, women in particular would benefit from an increase in the minimum wage – as would employees in smaller companies without collective bargaining agreements.

Düsseldorf (dpa) – From a minimum wage of 10 euros, like the SPD and the Greens demand in their election manifestos, according to calculations by the union-affiliated Hans Böckler Foundation, women could benefit above average lead to better pay, according to a study published on Friday by the Institute for Economic and Social Sciences (WSI). Employees in medical practices, law firms and the office floors of German companies could also expect more money for their work Businesses without collective bargaining coverage also belong to the main beneficiaries. Regionally, a higher minimum wage would mainly reach employees in the east and north of the republic. For the study, WSI tariff expert Malte Lübker had salary information of approximately 200. 000 employees from the salary portal evaluated.

The minimum wage is currently 9, 60 euros per hour. On January 1st 2022 it will be on 9, 82 and on July 1st 2022 to 10, 45 Euro raised. A minimum wage commission recommended these levels decided by the federal cabinet. Representatives of employers and trade unions are primarily represented there. Union and FDP reject an increase in the minimum wage to 10 euros. Business associations had warned that politics would interfere with the work of the minimum wage commission.

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