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Hiring guidelines in Germany

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Minimum Wage Requirements

The minimum wage is from EUR 2088 per month (EUR 12 per hour) to EUR 2253.30 per month (EUR 13 per hour).


Individual Income Tax
The individual income tax ranges from 14% to 45%. Income tax is calculated according to progressive rates. The rate is based on the employee tax class (marital status, employees with one or more income source, etc.) and the amount of monthly wages. 

These rates are updated annually by the Federal Government.
Payroll Cost

The employer cost is generally estimated at 22.6% of the employee salary.

  • Retirement - 9.30%
  • Health insurance Estimate - 8.61%
  • Unemployment security - 1.30%
  • Long-term insurance fee - 1.7%
  • Accident security - 1.14%
  • Maternity - 0.51%
  • Insolvency money levy - 0.06%
  • One-off Mandatory Wet Ink Employment Agreement Handling Fee - 80 USD

Some employers have contributions have limits, so percentages may vary.

Overtime Pay & Maximum Hours

Standard working hours are 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week. The standard workweek is from Monday to Friday. 

Overtime payment is not mandatory. Overtime can be compensated in time off or financially, based on the employer's discretion. Hours outside of standard work hours are considered overtime. Employees can work a maximum of 2 hours of overtime a day, and 12 hours a week. For additional hours, employees are paid the same hourly wage as their regular salary. 

For planned overtime, the employee is required to inform the employer 4 days in advance.