Millions of Germans move into their home office, others cannot currently do their jobs because their business is closed. But many still go to work every day because they are needed there right now. They move goods from A to B, store supermarket shelves, sell medicines and care for the sick. The staff in so-called critical infrastructures is indispensable in the Corona crisis.
The state government in North Rhine-Westphalia includes critical energy infrastructure such as energy and water supply, food and hygiene, IT and telecommunications, and of course the healthcare sector. But it also includes finance (credit and cash supply), job centers, state administration, passenger transport and logistics, news media and childcare facilities.
In these sectors too, some can move to their home office, others have to continue doing their job on site. These include renowned and well-paid professional groups such as doctors and pharmacists, but also many poorly paid ones. Based on 12,400 data records, the Salary.de portal shows which salaries are paid in some of these systemically relevant professions.
Salaries in systemically relevant professions
Healing education nurse
Retail clerk (in the food industry)
Other systemically important employees
The list is only a small selection. For example, police officers, firefighters or customs officers are not included. The salaries of civil servants are determined by the respective salary tables, a collective agreement applies to other professions. Postal and parcel carriers, for example, are still on the road.
A parcel deliverer at DHL receives almost € 2300 a month to start with – the equivalent of around € 27,600 a year. “In the future, the need for systemically relevant professions will have to be reflected more in the salary, working conditions and pension payments,” demands Philip Bierbach, Managing Director of Lohn.de. “The Corona crisis should definitely be followed by a higher social esteem for these employees.”
Sources: NRW Ministry of Labor, Health, Social Affairs / Salary.de