Germany - Minimum wage circumvented - January 31, 2017

The government has been called on to enforce its minimum wage law, after a new study showed that millions of people with ‘mini-jobs’ were paid below the legal minimum wage in 2015, the year when Germany's 8.50 euro per hour rate was introduced (it has since been increased to 8.84 euro an hour). Trade unions say the authority for enforcing the 2015 law is chronically understaffed. The Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI) found that around half of the 7.4 million people who work mini-jobs - that is, limited time or salaried work capped at 450 euro a month - received less than the hourly minimum wage in 2015.

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