Service in Stuttgart restaurant (in June): 36 percent less marginally employed in the hospitality industry
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Mini-jobbers cannot take short-time work - they therefore lack the protection that saved millions of other employees from unemployment in the corona crisis.
The result: In the first months of the pandemic from March to June, 837,004 fewer mini-jobbers were employed nationwide than in the same period of the previous year.
This comes from data from the mini-job center, which was queried and evaluated by the left-wing member of the Bundestag Sabine Zimmermann, report the editorial network Germany and the news agency dpa.
Accordingly, around 325,900 mini-jobs were lost in the hospitality industry alone, a decrease of almost 36 percent compared to the same period in the previous year.
Nearly 184,000 of the canceled mini-jobs were in restaurants and other pubs.
A considerable number of part-time jobs were also lost in the economic service sector (minus 96,116), in trade (minus 73,641) and in manufacturing (minus 70,181).
Overall, there were a good twelve percent fewer mini-jobs in Germany in June 2020 than in June 2019. According to Zimmermann, the decline is due to the fact that existing mini-jobbers were laid off and no new marginal employees were hired - fluctuation is fundamental in this area of the labor market high.
The hospitality industry was particularly affected by the restrictions in the wake of the corona pandemic, especially in spring.
Between March and June alone, the catering industry recorded sales losses of 17.6 billion euros compared to the previous year, according to the industry association Dehoga.
In the entire first half of the year, sales fell by almost 40 percent.
In the summer weeks, with the opening of many catering establishments, something returned to normal, but there is still no all-clear for the industry.
With autumn, colder temperatures and increasing numbers of infections, the situation there could worsen again significantly.
"The corona pandemic has shown drastically that mini-jobs are not a safe form of employment," Zimmermann told the RND.
"You are the first to break away in the crisis."
The labor market policy spokeswoman for the Left Group pointed out that, apart from being excluded from short-time work, those affected also receive no unemployment benefits: "This now affects hundreds of thousands of people."
The federal government should therefore ensure by law that mini jobs are converted into jobs subject to social insurance, demands Zimmermann.
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