In Germany, a great deal of focus has been placed on the employment sector and how the government treats its employees. Germany is a very pro-employee nation and over the years a great many benefits have been added to its current repertoire in order to ensure that working citizens are sufficiently protected. The Social Insurance Scheme, implemented in the late 19 Century, soon became the hallmark of Germany’s welfare system and today, working for the German government offers a great many benefits to the employee.
A major benefit of working for the German government is the recent implementation of short-time working. Short-time working – essentially working reduced hours, is a key element in the Federal Government, enabling employees to better manage their work-life balance whilst remaining within the employment sector.
One of the major benefits for short time workers is their relief from social security contributions if they have been working reduced hours for at least six months. Short-time workers also benefit from additional benefits which are paid to them via their employers.
Short-time working has enabled employment rates to remain stable in the country, particularly during the turbulent economic climate that affected the eurozone.
German government employees are entitled to a number of tax-financed services, including child benefits. Child benefits begin at €184 per month for the first and second child, followed by €190 for a third child and €215 for additional children.
The normal retirement age in Germany is 67 and the full state pension is based on the number of pension points accrued per year by the individual. After a full working career, the state pension is typically 40 – 45% of final gross earnings.
Mothers giving birth in Germany are entitled to six weeks maternity leave before giving birth and eight weeks after the birth of a child. They are provided with full pay during this period. They are also entitled to employment protection during pregnancy and for four months after giving birth.
In addition to maternity leave, parents are able to take up to three years parental leave, unpaid.
Employees working within Germany’s public sector are entitled to 20 days statutory paid leave per year.