Low-Wage Work in Germany

Low-Wage Work in Germany

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In recent years, the German government has intentionally expanded the low-wage work sector in an effort to reduce exceptionally high levels of unemployment. As a result, the share of the German workforce employed in low-paying jobs now rivals that of the United States. Low Wage Work in Germany examines both the federal policies and changing economic conditions that have driven this increase in low-wage work. The new a€œmini-joba€ reflects the federal governmenta€™s attempt to make certain low-paying jobs attractive to both employers and employees. Employers pay a low flat rate for benefits, and employees, who work a limited number of hours per week, are exempt from social security and tax contributions. Other factors, including slow economic growth, a declining collective bargaining system, and the influx of foreign workers, also contribute to the growing incidence of low-wage work. Yet while both Germany and the United States have large shares of low-wage workers, German workers receive health insurance, four weeks of paid vacation, and generous old age supporta€”benefits most low-wage workers in the United States can only dream of. The German experience offers an important opportunity to explore difficult trade-offs between unemployment and low-wage work. A Volume in the Russell Sage Foundation Case Studies of Job Quality in Advanced EconomiesCustomer. Services. Under. Pressure: Call. Center. Agents. Claudia Weinkopf Call centers have certain features that set ... Call centers may be either units within existing companies in various industries or new independent service providers that work for one or several principals. ... of call center managers, gross hourly wages of a€œtypicala€ call center agents in Germany were between a‚n6.00 (US $8.77) andanbsp;...

Title:Low-Wage Work in Germany
Author:Gerhard Bosch, Claudia Weinkopf
Publisher:Russell Sage Foundation - 2008-04-03


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