Germany: Corona pandemic dampens increase in training allowances
BONN (dpa-AFX) – The corona pandemic has noticeably dampened the rise in collectively agreed training allowances in Germany. In the past year, the pay of trainees increased on a nationwide average by 2.5 percent, as the Federal Institute for Vocational Training (BIBB) announced on Wednesday in Bonn. The increase in remuneration was thus roughly at the previous year’s level, but was significantly weaker than in the years before the start of the corona pandemic.
During the corona pandemic, collective bargaining was partially postponed. Often, job security and mitigating the consequences of economic constraints were more of a focus than wage increases. This had a dampening effect on the level of collective agreements, the institute explained the trend.
In 2021, according to BIBB, the apprentices received an average collective wage of 987 euros per month over all training years. However, there are considerable differences depending on the occupation. The highest collectively agreed training allowances in the whole of Germany were paid in the carpenter’s profession at EUR 1251 per month. The apprenticeship pay was also above average for many other occupations in the construction industry such as bricklayers or road builders, but also in commercial professions such as bank clerk or clerk for insurance and finance.
For 16 percent of trainees, the collectively agreed training allowances in 2021 were below 800 euros. Above all, trades such as carpenters, glaziers and bakers were affected.
According to BIBB, the lowest collectively agreed training allowances were for orthopedic shoemakers. / Rea / DP / jha