• Germany edition
 
Hundreds of great job opportunities for foreign professionals at Germany's top employers - in cooperation with Monster, Experteer, Stepstone, and CareerBuilder.
What
Where
3,439
jobs available
Find English-speaking professionals with The Local.
Advertise a vacancy
Women in west fill 'misogynistic' mini-jobs
Photo: DPA

Women in west fill 'misogynistic' mini-jobs

Published: 03 Jan 2013 10:49 CET

Women in West Germany work more low-paid mini-jobs - positions exempt from taxes and national insurance contributions with a monthly wage cap of €450 - than any other group in the country, according to the Hans-Böckler economic and social research institute.

In some areas in North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland Palatinate and Lower Saxony mini-jobs make up as much as a third of all positions and one in four working women in the west are in low-paid jobs. In some western areas this figure is as high as 40 percent.

In the east of the country, however, mini-jobs are much rarer overall and just 16 percent of working women have one. The study's authors said this could be thanks to a longer history of women in full time employment in East Germany.

"Women in East Germany retained this stronger employment orientation after German unification," said study leader Alexander Herzog-Stein.

Meanwhile in the west, the authors suggested, traditional work-sharing roles where men work full-time and women juggle part-time work and caring for the family are more widespread.

"In the countryside it is mostly harder to combine family and career than in cities." Herzog-Stein told the paper. "That's because of unsatisfactory childcare."

Family Minister Kristina Schröder said that mini-jobs were misogynistic as women returning to part-time work after having a child often get stuck in mini-jobs without the prospect of full-time work later on.

"Instead we see a sticking effect: once a mini-job, always a mini-job," wrote Schröder in a new book to be released this month.

The Local/jlb

The Local (news@thelocal.de)


Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article:

The comments below have not been moderated in advance and are not produced by The Local unless clearly stated. Readers are responsible for the content of their own comments. Comments that breach our terms and conditions will be removed.

ADD YOUR COMMENT   (YOU MUST LOG IN OR REGISTER TO MAKE A COMMENT)
Your German Career
What do German bosses need to do to get more out of their staff? Frankfurt-based business consultant Justin Bariso has this advice.
Germany's Federal Employment Agency has identified the job sectors the country is most short of workers for. JobTalk looks at where the vacancies lie.
Students at German universities have shown themselves to be a risk-free lot in a survey by Ernst & Young. The civil service is their most popular choice of future profession, while job security is valued above all else.
Jenny Core, originally from Bolton, England, shares her tips in this week’s My German Career on being an artist in Berlin. The 27-year-old exhibits her work regularly in the city, including next to a Turner Prize shortlister.
In this week's JobTalk, Tanya Schober, who is originally from India, talks us through her journey to German citizenship.
In this week's My German Career, Anupama Gopalakrishna, who is originally from Bangalore in India, tells The Local about her new life in Frankfurt.
German Employment News
The Local speaks to experts from the German startup scene to find out how to get a job at a freshly-minted technology company.
Volkswagen hopes to put more robots to work as it says goodbye to its retiring baby boomer employees, the company's chief of human resources wrote in the Süddeutsche Zeitung on Monday.
The jobmesse deutschland (Job Expo Germany) is rolling into Berlin on Saturday as part of its annual 18-city tour. Here's why you should go if you're looking for a job in Germany.
A new study shows more and more immigrants are starting businesses in Germany, bringing some much-needed entrepreneurial spirit to the country.
It’s not quite as romantic as the Nanny Diaries, nor is it as magical as Mary Poppins. But being an au pair in Germany can be fun, as Emma Anderson finds out.
What kind of companies are hiring foreigners in Germany? And which type of firm should you target for your next career move? Recruitment expert Chris Pyak reveals all to JobTalk.

IELTS Examiners – British Council China
The British Council is recruiting a team of IELTS examiners to be based in one of our four main cities in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou or Chongqing. This presents an exciting opportunity for new or current IELTS examiners to work in one of the world’s largest and most dynamic English language assessment environments
FULL JOB AD »

StepStone Deutschland GmbH
Düsseldorf
Stepstone
Added 10/20/14

think-cell Software GmbH
Berlin
Stepstone
Added 10/20/14

StepStone Deutschland GmbH
Brüssel, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Warschau
Stepstone
Added 10/20/14

Celesio AG
Stuttgart
Stepstone
Added 10/20/14

Kautex Textron GmbH & Co.KG
Bonn-Holzlar
Stepstone
Added 10/20/14

StepStone Deutschland GmbH
Düsseldorf, Brussels
Stepstone
Added 10/20/14

StepStone Deutschland GmbH
Berlin, München, Brüssel
Stepstone
Added 10/20/14

JobManager24 GmbH
München / Home Office
Stepstone
Added 10/20/14

Bigpoint GmbH
Hamburg
Stepstone
Added 10/20/14

Churchill Frank
Bavaria
Careerbuilder
Added 10/20/14