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Minimum wage

The minimum wage is currently EUR 8.84. It will be adjusted every two years, the next time on 1 January 2019.

Exceptions to the minimum wage requirement, which were partially allowed until 31 December 2017, are no longer permitted since 1 January 2018.


The minimum wage is a gross wage. The minimum wage is defined as payments made by the employer which pay off the employee's 'normal activity'.

Payments received by an employee as compensation for benefits beyond that, allowances and additional benefits are not eligible. For example, wealth-effective benefits are not payable and therefore cannot be credited to the minimum wage.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

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