Germany - Minimum wage not enough for single parents - April 30, 2017

In an answer to an official question put by the opposition Left party, the government has admitted that the country's minimum hourly wage is not enough to cover the costs of a single parent working full-time. The detailed answer shows that a single person working a 38-hour week on the minimum wage of 8.84 euro will end up earning 1,444 euro a month. After tax, social insurance contributions, and living costs have been deducted, they would be left with 339 euro for rent and heating. That, according to official statistics, would be just about enough to cover the average costs of someone living alone (338 euro), but considerably less than the costs of a single person with a child under six (457 euro).

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