Status: 09.12.2023, 19:17 PM
By: Julian Mayr
An IT expert from the U.S. works for three employers at the same time – full-time. The curious reason for this was that he was afraid of losing his job.
Dallas – In recent years, the trend in the world of work has been strongly towards shorter working hours. The four-day week, for example, is demanded by many employees and their representatives as a model for the future. Despite these developments, however, there are also people who take on additional workloads. Sometimes this even goes so far that a full-time job and a side income are not enough. A 48-year-old American even secretly had three full-time jobs until 2022.
Three Full-Time Jobs in Secret: Overemployment for Fear of Job Loss
According to a report by Business Insider, a network engineer from Texas is said to have been working multiple full-time jobs at the same time starting in 2020. This was only possible because the 48-year-old employee was able to work from home and works in the IT industry: "We never really work a full 40 hours a week," the Texan reveals. Only some trusted colleagues are said to have known about the triple burden – the IT expert, on the other hand, left his employers in the dark.
While three full-time jobs provide significant income gains, they can also lead to burnout. (Symbolic image) © Gabriel Sanchez/Imago
As a reason for the positions maintained at the same time, the American told Business Insider that he was afraid of losing his job. At the end of 2022, he finally lost two of the three jobs within a few months. In the meantime, however, he earned the equivalent of around 316,000 euros a year, used it to service the mortgage of his house and save for his children's education costs. In Germany, the average gross salary of a network technician is 40,900 euros per year, according to stepstone.
However, the downside of the lavish salary can be health consequences. Network technician of impending burnout. "The dismissal from these two jobs came at exactly the right time," says the 48-year-old. "It's really nice to be able to focus on a job that exactly meets my expectations."
Revision as a counter-trend to the four-day week
However, the Texan's employment constellation does not seem to be an isolated case. The phenomenon of the so-called overemployed, i.e. the overemployed, is a counter-trend to the reduction in working hours, which has arisen especially since the beginning of the Corona pandemic and increased work from home. On reddit alone, such groups have several hundred thousand members.
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As Fortune reported in early 2023, in a U.S. survey, 37 percent of respondents said they had more than one full-time job. More than half of employees with only one full-time job would also consider starting a second job. Most people with more than one full-time job cited financial aspects as the main reason, while, as in the case of the Texas IT expert, the fear of losing one's job was also a decisive factor.
More than a full-time job in Germany almost impossible
In connection with Google employees, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung reported on other reasons why employees hold several positions at the same time. A problem that also occurs with tech giants in Silicon Valley, for example, is a lack of challenge. Software developers told the NZZ that they could cheat their way through their full-time jobs with minimal performance without having to fear consequences. However, if simultaneous full-time employment relationships are discovered, there is a risk of dismissal by the employer.
While it is not uncommon in Germany for people to work full-time and be marginally employed on the side, two simultaneous full-time jobs are not legally feasible. The Working Hours Act largely prevents employees in Germany from taking up several full-time jobs at the same time. According to ArbZG § 3, the daily working time may not exceed an average of six months or eight hours.
However, working less is not synonymous with disadvantages in working life. Even for executives, reconciling career and leisure time is no longer taboo.