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Statutory minimum wage in Germany

There has been a national statutory minimum wage for all employees throughout Germany since 2015. As of 1 January 2017, it has increased from 8.50 euros to 8.84 euros per hour. Generally, this minimum wage is applicable in all branches of activity and all regions. In addition to the statutory minimum wage, specific minimum wages are paid in individual branches. Young people aged under 18 and apprentices are permanently exempted from minimum wage regulations. In addition, the minimum wage does not apply to people who do a compulsory internship or voluntary internship of up to three months during their education/training or studies. Neither does it apply to long-term unemployed people during the first six months of employment.

Information for minimum wages in the EU are available under "Europe in figures".

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