Corona crisis slows wage development (nd current)

In construction, wages are only rising slowly.

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Wiesbaden. The corona crisis slowed the rise in collective wages in Germany in 2020. Including special payments such as vacation and Christmas bonuses, the wages of the collective bargaining employees were 2.1 percent higher than a year earlier. According to calculations by the Federal Statistical Office, this is the lowest increase since 2016 with 2.1 percent at the time. The Wiesbaden authority confirmed its preliminary information from December on Monday. In 2019, collective wages rose by an average of 3.2 percent.

From the point of view of many employees, this is positive: despite the wage restraint of many companies due to the pandemic, collective wages increased significantly more than consumer prices of 0.5 percent. The bottom line is that many employees with collective bargaining coverage have more money in their pockets.

Collective wages rose above average in 2020, especially in the public sector, where, in addition to regular wage increases, Corona premiums also had a positive effect. According to the Federal Office, there were increases in the areas of education and instruction (plus 3.0 percent) and in public administration (plus 2.9 percent). In the health and social services sector, employees with collective agreements earned 2.5 percent more than in the previous year.

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In contrast, the rise in collective wages in the manufacturing sector was significantly below average (plus 0.7 percent). This is primarily due to the fact that no percentage wage increase was agreed for the metal and electrical industry for 2020 due to the corona crisis, the statisticians explained. In the construction industry, which was one of the few industries to come through the crisis relatively well, there was also a wage increase of 1.0 percent below average. In the construction industry, it was agreed in the 2020 collective bargaining round that the wage increases will not come into force until 2021. dpa / nd


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