Minimum wage in Germany 2012

Minimum wage is the lowest amount a worker can be legally paid for his work. Minimum wage figures are gross (pre-tax) rates for full time work (+23 years old) and exclude any 13th or 14th month payments that may be due under national legislation, collective agreements, custom or practice.

2011 2012
Monthly minimum
wage (EUR)
Monthly minimum wage Monthly minimum
wage (EUR)
Hourly rate Hourly rate
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The calculations are based on the assumption of a 40-hour working week and a 52-week year. Currency conversions from non-euro currencies are based on the exchange rates available on 29 June 2012.
Note: Germany operates statutory minimum rates in a number of sectors. Minimum wages for the majority of workers are set in collective bargaining agreements. However, an ever increasing share of the workforce is not covered by these agreements or the agreed minimum wage is perceived as very low (e.g. 6.53 € per hour for security personnel in several German states). Therefore the German Trade Union, the Socialist and the Green Party press for the introduction of a 8.50 € hourly minimum wage. For further information on the discussion see:
Source: Eurostats, FedEE, Wiki

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