Implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for minimum wage employees and companies affected by the minimum wage

This study aims to describe the effects of protective measures taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the cyclical effects of the pandemic on employees and companies affected by the minimum wage in Germany. Using a qualitative research design and on the basis of 100 guided interviews, it will shed light on the consequences for as wells as the reactions and adjustments of minimum wage employees and companies affected by the minimum wage. The research focusses on industries that have a high proportion of minimum wage employees but were affected differently by protective measures and cyclical effects. The questions answered include the role of the statutory minimum wage in coping with the economic consequences of the pandemic, what changes can be observed in company work organization and staffing levels, and what consequences can be identified for earnings, working hours and the retention or loss of jobs.

In cooperation with:

Commissioned by:

Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Coordination and Information Office for the Minimum Wage)

Project team:

  • Dr. Andreas Koch (Project Leader)
  • Andrea Kirchmann
  • Tobias König
  • Anastasia Maier
  • Marcel Reiner
  • Tobias Scheu

Contact Person:
Dr. Andreas Koch ( +49 7071 9896 12 // E-Mail )

Status:

2020 - ongoing