The number of people with more than one job is increasing. At the end of June 2019, around 3,538,000 multiple employees were registered, as is apparent from a response from the Federal Employment Agency (BA) to a request from the left in the Bundestag, via which the New Osnabrück newspaper reported. That was around 123,600 more people compared to June 2018, an increase of 3.62 percent.
Almost three million people reportedly had a marginal job in addition to a regular job. More than 345,400 people were in two employment relationships subject to social security contributions. The third most common variant was the combination of two or more so-called mini jobs. This applied to almost 260,700 cases. According to a study by the Hans Böckler Foundation, 53 percent of those questioned said that financial difficulties or hardships were crucial for a part-time job, the newspaper further reported.
"For more and more employees, the income from a job is no longer sufficient," said left-wing MP Sabine Zimmermann. As a measure against development, Zimmermann called for the minimum wage to be raised to "twelve euros an hour" in a first step. The minimum wage is currently € 9.35 per hour. It also called for the abolition of systematic low-wage employment in the form of temporary agency work and unreasonable fixed-term contracts.