Germany: Minimum Wage to Increase on January 1

On or after January 1, 2017, employers in Germany will have to pay foreign and local workers a minimum wage of EUR 8.84 per hour. Other visa-specific minimum salary rules, such as that the salary has to be comparable to the salary of a German national working in the same position with the same qualifications and experience, will still apply.

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On or after January 1, 2017, due to a legal amendment, employers in Germany will have to pay foreign and local workers a minimum wage of EUR 8.84 per hour.

Other visa-specific minimum salary rules, such as that the salary has to be comparable to the salary of a German national working in the same position with the same qualifications and experience, will still apply.

What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

Employers planning to file new or renewal work permit applications on or after January 1, 2017 should consider the increased salary threshold and costs in their corporate budgets. Fragomen can assist clients with reviewing the new salary requirement prior to filing initial or renewal work permit applications.

Since work permit applications submitted from now on must state that the new minimum wage requirements will be fulfilled as of January 1, Fragomen will inform the authorities that the salary will meet the applicable minimum wage level.

This alert is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen or send an email to frankfurtinfo@fragomen.com.

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