Germany: Will pay for mini-jobs be raised to 600 euros

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In Germany, thousands of employees have part-time jobs in addition to their main jobs to pay for running costs. The salary for part-time work for mini-vacancies is currently capped at 450 euros. CDU politicians plan to raise the border to 600 euros. However, Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil is against this initiative.

Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil is against raising the wage limit for mini-vacancies, a ministry spokesman said. The proposal to raise the wage limit for mini-jobs is not new. However, the Ministry of Labor still rejects the increase.

The spokesman for the ministry said that the main emphasis at the moment should be on social protection of low-income citizens. Over the past several months, many employees who worked for 450 euros have found themselves in difficult conditions. If they lose their jobs, they are not eligible for unemployment benefits. They also do not receive benefits for shorter working hours. Therefore, the ministry believes that raising the wage limit will not solve the problem.

The CDU, putting forward a demand for an increase in wages for workers in mini-vacancies, refers to an increase in the minimum wage in the country. It is currently 9.35 euros per hour and will increase to 10.45 euros per hour by mid-2022. Mini jobbers do not benefit from the minimum wage increase. The fixed limit of 450 euros leads to a decrease in the hourly wages of employees working under this model. Often, mini-jobbers are students, seniors, and young mothers looking after children and working a couple of hours a week.

At the moment it is not known whether the decision of the Minister of Labor will be the last word in this discussion. The business community says that the federal government has concrete proposals to increase the upper limit of pay for mini-vacancies. The media say this could happen as early as 2021.

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