Special Research Topic
Regional Analyses

Project: Study for the analysis of marginal employment (Minijobs)

Project Duration

09/2012 - 12/2012 (finalized)

Commissioned by

Ministerium für Arbeit, Integration und Soziales des Landes NRW

Project Team (RWI)

Prof. Dr. Ronald Bachmann (Chief), Christoph Ehlert (Chief), Regina Flake, Dr. Hanna Frings, Dr. Sandra Schaffner, Dr. Markus Scheuer, Ellen von den Driesch


The project aims to provide a descriptive analysis of marginal employment in North Rhine-Westphalia. In order to gain detailed information on the characteristics of marginal employment, two surveys are conducted, one covering employees and the other one covering employers offering marginal employment. The employee survey sheds some light on the characteristics of marginally employed individuals, their working conditions and their motives to take up marginal employment. The employer survey investigates the motives that employers have for offering marginal employment and sheds some light on the concession of employment rights.

Selected project related publications

RWI Reports


RWI (2013), Studie zur Analyse der geringfügigen Beschäftigungsverhältnisse. RWI Projektberichte download