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Employees without a German passport earn a good 900 euros less


Employees without German citizenship have, on average, significantly lower wages. This is particularly true of people from EU countries.

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Has an impact on the salary: the German passport (symbol picture)

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The wage difference between employees from Germany and abroad is increasing.

It has almost tripled in the last ten years.

This is what the "Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung" reports.

She relies on information from the Ministry of Labor, which responded to a request from the AfD parliamentary group.

Full-time employees who do not have a German passport earned an average of 2638 euros gross per month at the end of 2020.

That is 903 euros less than those with a German passport.

In 2010 the difference was 317 euros.

The gap between employees from Germany and those from other EU countries has grown particularly sharply: this gap has increased more than tenfold over the past decade, from 91 euros to 1003 euros in wages.

While the average income of German employees rose during this period, the income of these employees even fell.

On average, they earn 97 euros less than ten years ago.

Overall, however, the salary of employees without a German passport has risen - just not as much as that of Germans.

In the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung”, AfD member René Springer justified the numbers by saying that a permissive immigration policy would depress wages.

In fact, the Ministry's figures show that the increase in the number of workers without a German passport is declining.

According to the head of the employment agency Detlev Scheele, this is worrying.

He spoke of the growing need for foreign workers on the labor market so as not to jeopardize “Germany's future viability”.

Many factors play a role - including discrimination

Experts call the wage difference the “migration pay gap” - analogous to the “gender pay gap”, which describes unequal wages between the sexes.

The reasons for this wage gap have not been researched in detail.

Herbert Brücker from the Institute for Employment Research spoke to the »Süddeutsche Zeitung« about a number of factors.

The current labor market situation, gender, industry, qualifications and age of the employees play a role, which is lower on average for migrants in Germany.

But even if these conditions are the same, there is still a wage gap.

The reason for this could be discrimination, so Brücker.

jlk / dpa

Source: spiegel

All business articles on 2021-09-16

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