Minimum Wage in Germany

April 2019

Germany’s minimum wage might be less than many potential investors think. In fact, despite its recent increase by 35 cents, the German minimum wage of EUR 9.19 per hour is comparatively low relative to several other European countries. For example, rates were higher in Belgium (EUR 9.66), Ireland (EUR 9.80), the Netherlands (EUR 9.91), France (EUR 10,03) and Luxembourg (EUR 11.97). Furthermore, the rate for the United Kingdom will be raised to EUR 9.28 in April 2019. Of the 28 current member states of the European Union, 22 have statutory minimum wages, and 20 of these have been increased since early 2018. The figures for the study were compiled by the Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI) of the Hans Böckler Foundation, a non-profit organization with ties to the German Confederation of Trade Unions (DGB).

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