Status: 08.12.2023, 19:11 PM
By: Alina Schröder
An American juggles three full-time jobs without his employers getting wind of it. The reason for the many jobs seems paradoxical.
Dallas – Inflation in recent years has made life harder for many people. While essentials such as food and electricity have become significantly more expensive, the real wages of employees have even fallen in some cases. As a result, more and more people are taking on additional workload in order to be able to afford daily life. Sometimes even a full-time job and an additional extra income are not enough. A 48-year-old U.S. citizen secretly worked three full-time jobs until 2022.
Out of fear of losing one's job: Employed full-time by three different employers
According to an article by Business Insider, a network engineer from Texas has held several full-time positions at the same time since 2020. The 48-year-old IT expert was only able to do this because he worked from home and the workload of the IT industry was manageable: "We never really work a full 40 hours a week," reveals the man from Texas. Only a few trusted colleagues were aware of the triple workload, while his employers remained in the dark.
Holding multiple full-time jobs at the same time can lead to burnout. © Frédéric Cirou/IMAGO
The U.S. citizen justified his parallel hires to Business Insider with the fear of losing his job. In fact, towards the end of 2022, he also lost two of his three positions within a few months. In the meantime, however, he was able to earn about 316,000 euros, which he used to service his mortgage and set aside money for his children's education.
However, the financial increase may also be accompanied by health problems as a result of work. The IT expert, for example, speaks of the threat of burnout: "The dismissal from these two jobs came at exactly the right time," warns the 48-year-old. "It's really nice to be able to focus on a job that exactly meets my expectations."
The trend of overemployment affects quite a few
However, the working conditions of the man from the USA do not seem to be an isolated case. The so-called overemployed, i.e. overemployed, represent a counterpoint to the reduction in working hours. This trend has been particularly noticeable since the outbreak of the Corona pandemic and the increase in home working. On platforms such as Reddit, corresponding groups have been formed, which have several hundred thousand members and in which those affected receive tips and advice.
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In a U.S. study published in early 2023, 37 percent of participants said they had more than one full-time job, Fortune reported. More than half of those surveyed who only had a full-time job would consider taking on an additional job. Financial reasons were the main driver for most people with multiple full-time jobs, with the fear of unemployment, as in the case of an IT specialist from Texas, also playing an important role.
More than a full-time job in Germany almost impossible
With regard to Google employees, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung pointed out that there are also other reasons why employees have several jobs at the same time. Underchallenge, for example, is a problem that also occurs among the technology giants in Silicon Valley. Software developers told the NZZ that they can cheat their way through their full-time job with minimal effort without having to fear consequences. However, if it turns out that someone has several full-time jobs at the same time, it could lead to termination by the employer.
In Germany, it is quite common for people to have a full-time job and also a marginal job. However, it is not legally possible to fill two full-time positions at the same time. In the Federal Republic of Germany, the Working Hours Act represents a barrier to the exercise of several full-time jobs. According to ArbZG § 3, the daily working time may not exceed eight hours on average over a period of six months.
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