A general statutory minimum wage went into effect in Germany on 1 January 2015. The statutory minimum wage establishes a lower limit for wages and employers may not pay less than this amount. It protects workers in the low-wage sector from wage dumping and thus reduces the number of workers who are dependent on social benefits despite the fact that they have a full-time job. By doing so, it contributes to fair and effective competition and ensures greater stability in Germany’s social security systems.
Payment of minimum wage and compliance with applicable regulations are closely monitored. Detected violations are effectively punished. The independent Minimum Wage Commission will decide on incremental increases to be taken in the level of the minimum wage in future.
Extensive information regarding the introduction of the statutory minimum wage and on the Minimum Wage Hotline plus a minimum wage calculator are available here (in German).