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Minimum wages in 2021
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Minimum wages in Germany
In Germany there are minimum wages which the employer may not fall below.
There is a
general statutory minimum wage
:
from January 1 to June 30, 2021, the statutory minimum wage is
EUR 9.50 gross per hour
from July 1 to December 31, 2021, the statutory minimum wage is
EUR 9.60 gross per hour.
According to the Minimum Wage Act (MiLoG §1), every employee is entitled to
receive from the employer a wage at least equal to the minimum wage.
In addition, for certain activities or branches of industry,
collectively agreed mini-
mum wages
apply which are higher than the statutory minimum wage (e. g. con-
struction industry, building cleaning, care, etc.).
These generally binding industry minimum wages based on the Collective Agree-
ment Act (TVG), the Employee Secondment Act (AentG) and the Temporary Em-
ployment Act (AÜG) take
precedence
over the general statutory minimum wage.
The industry minimum wages must not fall below the statutory minimum
wage.
At the beginning of each quarter, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
publishes a list of the collective agreements declared generally binding on its
homepage:
www.bmas.de/DE/Themen/Arbeitsrecht/
More information on the current minimum wages in Germany can also be found
in the WSI tariff archive
www.tarifarchiv.de
An overview of generally binding minimum wages in Saxony (East Germany)
for the year 2021 can be found in the following table.

Minimum wages in Saxony in 2021
Branch of industry
Occupational
group / pay
group
from / until
East
€ / hour.
General statutory minimum wage
01/2021 – 06/2021
07/2021 – 12/2021
9.50 €
9.60 €
Waste management
10/2020 – 09/2021
10/2021 – 09/2022
10.25 €
10.45 €
Construction worker
Worker
from January 2021
12,85 €
Skilled worker
from 01/2021 no data yet
Training and further education
Educational staff
01/2021 – 12/2021
16.68 €
Educational staff with Bachelor degree
01/2021 – 12/2021
17.02 €
Roofing trade
Unskilled worker
01/2021 – 12/2021
12,60 €
Tradesmen
01/2021 – 12/2021
14,10 €
Electrical trade (installation)
For all employees, as far as they carry out
electrical and information technology ac-
tivities.
01/2021 – 12/2021
12.40 €
Building cleaning
Interior and maintenance cleaning
01/2021 – 12/2021
11.11 €
Glass and facade cleaning
01/2021 – 12/2021
14.45 €

Money and valuables services
Money and valuables transport
01/2021 – 05/2021
06/2021 – 12/2021
14.42 €
14.92 €
Cash processing
01/2021 – 05/2021
06/2021 – 12/2021
12.16 €
12.66 €
General binding not yet granted.
Scaffolding crafts
08/2020
– 09/2021
12.20 €
Painters and decorators
Unskilled worker
05 / 2020 – 04 / 2021
11.10 €
from 05/2021 no data yet
Tradesmen
05 / 2020 – 04 / 2021
13.50 €
from 05/2021 no data yet
Nursing care sector
Nursing assistants
07/2020 – 03/2021
04/2021 – 08/2021
09/2021 – 03/2022
11.20 €
11.50 €
12.00 €
Qualified nursing assistants (at least 1 year
of training and corresponding activity)
04/2021 – 08/2021
09/2021 – 03/2022
12.20 €
12.50 €
Skilled nursing staff
07/2021 – 03/2022
15.00 €
Chimney sweeper
from 01/2021
13.80€
Stonemasonry and stone sculpture
from 05/2021 no data yet
Temporary employment
10/2020 – 03/2021
04/2021 – 03/2022
10.10 €
10.45 €

Statutory minimum wage: Are there exceptions?
In accordance with
Art. 22 MiLoG
, there are exceptions to the statutory mini-
mum wage for the following groups:
Minors – young people under the age of 18 who have not completed
vocational training,
Trainees – regardless of their age – within the framework of vocational
training,
Interns, if the internship is compulsory within the framework of a school
or university education,
Interns, if the internship is voluntary, lasts up to three months and serves
as orientation for vocational training or studies,
Long-term unemployed (registered without interruption for at least one
year with the Federal Employment Agency) during the first six months of
their employment,
Volunteers.
Young people in particular, who have to gain
entry qualifications in the context
of internships
are excluded from the minimum wage. According to the legislator,
this is not an employment relationship, but an
educational relationship
.
If a compulsory internship is completed during the course of study, the trainee
does not receive a minimum wage.
The duration does not play a role.
The same
applies to a
voluntary internship that does not last longer than three months.
These exceptions do not apply to the generally binding industry minimum wages!

Seasonal workers also receive the minimum wage!
Employees who work for a limited period during a season, e. g. in the hotel and
restaurant industry, in agriculture or at Christmas markets, receive the minimum
wage.
It makes no difference whether they are
German or foreign employees.
The min-
imum wage generally applies
to all seasonal workers
working in
Germany
.
Those who work here for less than 102 days a year do not have to pay pension and
unemployment insurance contributions. This rule only applies, however, if you
work occasionally and not professionally and do not earn more than the income
limit of marginal employment (450 EUR per month). This means that this employ-
ment must not earn a living wage.
In the case of seasonal workers,
board and lodging may be deducted from the
minimum wage
. But be aware! This applies only to a very limited extent. For ex-
ample, it does not apply if employers are obliged to pay minimum wages for the
branch – on the basis of the Employee Secondment Act (AEntG), or on the basis
of the Employee Temporary Employment Act (AÜG), i.e. in temporary work. In such
cases it is not permissible to charge benefits in kind against the wage.
In cases where it is permitted to charge the costs of board and lodging against the
wage, however, at least the amount of the wage exempt from attachment must
remain for unmarried persons who are not liable to pay maintenance. At present,
the attachment exemption limit is 1,179.99 EUR/month/net. If you earn this sum
or less, you employer may not deduct food and lodging costs from your wage.
The amount employers may deduct from seasonal workers’ wages depends on the
type and quantity of food provided (max. 263 EUR/month) as well as the type and
occupancy of the accommodation.
Further information can be found on the website
www.zoll.de
.

Payment
In Germany the principle applies:
No work without payment!
Important: The employer owes you your salary even without employment doc-
uments and employment contract!
Don‘t let your employer intimidate you or
force you to work without pay. You have a right to payment for your work!
The salary is usually paid until the middle of the following month and is trans-
ferred to your bank account. You can open an account at any bank, for this you
need a copy of your identity card and your registration certificate.
The employer must provide you with a
pay slip
every month. This statement shows
how much you have earned
and what
amounts of tax and insurance are de-
ducted
. The
employer
pays the income tax directly to the
tax office
.
Important: Under no circumstances may the employer pay less than the appli-
cable minimum wage.
Attention:
The employer often makes payment dependent on a target that you
have to meet. This is not always permissible; have your employment contract
checked by an advice centre or your trade union! Example: If you clean rooms in
a hotel, the employer often determines how many rooms you have to clean in an
hour. However, the employer may not reduce your wage below the minimum wage.
Always write down the hours you have worked and secure evidence! The employer
must pay every hour you have worked for him, regardless of how many rooms you
have cleaned.
The monitoring and control of compliance with the statutory minimum wage is
carried out by the Financial Control of Undeclared Work (FKS) of the Customs Ad-
ministration. The employer must cooperate with the authorities. Since the intro-
duction of the minimum wage there have been additional reporting and docu-
mentation obligations for the employer.

If the employer does not pay
The employer has to pay your salary every month. If the employer does not do this,
you should take action. Request your employer in writing (by post or fax) to pay
your salary. In this letter, state the unpaid hours worked, the amount the employer
owes you and a bank account. Set a
deadline of 2 weeks
for payment.
If you notice that your employer is not paying on time, it is best to
contact your
trade union or an advice centre
immediately. Do not let yourself be held back and
always write down the working hours. Use your mobile phone to take pictures of
work and the workplace. Collect as much information about your employer as
possible. The more information and evidence you have, the greater your chances
of getting your money.
In many industries (construction, building cleaning, food industry) your employer
often has a contract with another client, the
so-called general contractor
(e. g.
the hotel that is cleaned by your employer‘s company). Also gather information
and evidence about this general contractor or other subcontractors: If your em-
ployer does not pay you, in Germany
you can demand the wage from the general
contractor
or any company in the order chain that is above your employer.
Attention:
Don‘t wait too long! There are always
deadlines
that determine how
long you can claim your salary from the employer or in court. Once
deadlines
have expired
, you will no longer be able to receive your salary!

The
deadlines
are specified in the
employment contract
or in the
collective
agreement
that governs your employment relationship. Again, contact your trade
union or go to a local counselling centre for advice.
The
limitation period for entitlements to statutory minimum wage payments is
three years
, i.e. you have to assert your wage claim within a period of three years.
If you have not received a salary for more than 2 months
, you can suspend work
until your employer pays your salary. However, you must
inform your employer in
writing
that you intend to stop working for him because he has not paid. However,
before you take this action, seek information from a
trade union or advice centre
.

Consulting hours:
Counselling center in Dresden
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
German
10 – 12
13 – 18
10 – 12
13 – 18
10 – 12
13 – 15
10 – 12
13 – 15
10 – 12
Polish
10 – 12
13 – 15
10 – 12
13 – 18
10 – 12
13 – 15
10 – 12
13 – 15
10 – 12
Czech
10 – 12
13 – 18
10 – 12
13 – 18
10 – 12
13 – 15
10 – 12
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10 – 12
Slovak
10 – 12
13 – 18
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10 – 12
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10 – 12
13 – 15
10 – 12
English
10 – 12
13 – 18
10 – 12
13 – 18
10 – 12
13 – 15
10 – 12
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Counselling center in Leipzig
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
German
10 – 12
13 – 15
10 – 12
13 – 15
10 – 12
13 – 18
10 – 12
13 – 18
10 – 12
Polish
10 – 12
13 – 15
10 – 12
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10 – 12
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10 – 12
Rumanian
10 – 12
13 – 15
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13 – 15
10 – 12
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10 – 12
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10 – 12
Hungarian
10 – 12
13 – 15
10 – 12
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10 – 12
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10 – 12
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10 – 12
English
10 – 12
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13 – 15
10 – 12
13 – 18
10 – 12
13 – 18
10 – 12
Other dates are possible by arrangement.

This is how you can reach us:
Counselling center in Dresden
Languages
Volkshaus Dresden
Schützenplatz 14 (1st floor), 01067 Dresden
Leona Bláhová
German, Czech,
Phone: +49 351 85092728
Slovak, English
Mail: leona.blahova@babs-online.eu
Paulína Bukaiová
German, Slovak, Polish,
Phone: +49 351 85092729
Czech, English
Mail: paulina.bukaiova@babs-online.eu
Counselling center in Leipzig
Listhaus Leipzig – Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 27
(ground floor), 04103 Leipzig
Paulina Krimmling
German, Polish, English
Phone: +49 341 68413085
Mail: paulina.krimmling@babs-online.eu
Ünige Albert
German, Romanian,
Phone: +49 341 68413086
Hungarian, English
Mail: uenige.albert@babs-online.eu
Office Management Dresden and Leipzig
Melanie Claus
German, English
Phone: +49 351 85092730
Mail: melanie.claus@babs-online.eu