Germany -Wave of equal pay hikes for agency workers -November 6, 2012

After the steel, metal and electronics sectors, textile and clothing industry as well as the wood and plastics sectors are now also introducing higher pay for agency workers in order to reach equal pay with direct hires. Staffing firms have reacted critically to the pay raises, warning they will lead to job losses. Many companies, however, have said they hope the wage increases will make agency work more attractive for higher educated workers.



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