• 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
3,438
jobs available
Find English-speaking professionals with The Local.
Advertise a vacancy
Cabinet backs 'white-washed' poverty report
Photo: DPA

Cabinet backs 'white-washed' poverty report

Published: 07 Mar 2013 07:14 CET

But the official report shows that despite healthy growth in both the economy and the job market, the gap between rich and poor has grown further in Germany.

The report's publication was delayed for months by a coalition row over apparent redactions made by Economy Minister Philipp Rösler, head of junior coalition partner the pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP).

Critics have accused the government of whitewashing the report, after it emerged that one of the lines removed by Rösler was, "Private wealth in Germany is distributed very unevenly."

The report, entitled "Conditions of Life in Germany," was presented in a press conference on Wednesday by Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen. It reveals that 14 to 16 percent of Germans are "threatened with poverty," while the richest ten percent of households have 53 percent of the nation's wealth.

The entire bottom half of German society, meanwhile, owns only one percent of the property.

On the plus side, the report found that disposable income in real terms has generally increased since 2005, although the low-wage sector, as well as part-time and sub-contracted temporary labour, was also on the rise.

"The Merkel government is being pressured by the FDP into tailoring the poverty and wealth report," said Hubertus Heil, vice-chairman of the opposition Social Democratic Party's parliamentary faction. "By doing that, it is not recognizing the social realities in Germany and injuring people's sense of justice."

Rösler rejected the "white-washing" accusation, made by a number of opposition parties in the past few months, as "simple election campaign rhetoric," and added that "everyone knows" that Germany has not been so well off in a long time.

The Local/DPA/bk

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
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.
In this week's My German Career, US pastor Jeff Ingram, 54, talks about life in the church and the advantages as well as the downside of Germany's desire for order.
German Employment News
Germany’s Labour Minister Andrea Nahles has given her backing to an anti-stress law, announcing a study into workers' mental health on Tuesday.
Germans could foot the bill for unemployment benefits in other European countries under an EU plan to tax the union's richest states.
What do Germans do in their spare time? More and more of them are working a second job, according to one study. Is work no longer paying enough and can your boss stop you taking a second job?
More young people are choosing university degrees over vocational training, leaving firms scrambling to find qualified new hires.
Despite the ease of work visa regulations for non-EU citizens with certain job qualifications, few potential immigrants are taking advantage.
Stress at work is resulting in more German employees than ever before stopping work before they reach retirement age, a new study shows. So what are the main triggers to watch out for?

Assistant for distribution process management
You will be working in conjunction with our wholesale retailer partners and will be responsible for managing and distribution process of various consumer products. As an effective assistant for distribution process management you will organize product delivery to domestic and international customers, ensure that our clients will receive excellent service experience that we are known for.
FULL JOB AD »

IT Officer (Hardware/Networking)
VFS TasHeel, leaders in Visa Processing and Delivery, is looking for an IT Officer (Frankfurt Office) who will be primary responsible for User Level Support of all VFST/VASCO systems
FULL JOB AD »

RWE Consulting GmbH
Essen
Stepstone
Added 08/31/14

RTT AG
München
Stepstone
Added 08/31/14

Texas Instruments Deutschland GmbH
Freising bei München
Stepstone
Added 08/31/14

1&1
Karlsruhe, Bucharest, Berlin
Stepstone
Added 08/31/14

Wirecard AG
Aschheim near Munich
Stepstone
Added 08/31/14

Bertrandt AG
Esslingen am Neckar
Stepstone
Added 08/31/14

Avira Operations GmbH & Co. KG
Tettnang
Stepstone
Added 08/31/14

BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited, German Branch, Frankfurt am Main
Frankfurt
Stepstone
Added 08/31/14

StepStone Deutschland GmbH
Düsseldorf
Stepstone
Added 08/31/14

BMW Group
München
Stepstone
Added 08/31/14