RWI Materialien

RWI Materialien 114

Diskussionspapier: Minijobs nach Einführung des Mindestlohns – Eine Bestandsaufnahme

by Ronald Bachmann, Wolfgang Dürig, Hanna Frings, Lisa Sofie Höckel and Fernanda Martinez Flores

05/2017, 40 S./p., 10 Euro, ISBN 978-3-86788-803-5



This article provides an overview of the current condition of marginal employees in the labor market. Using data on minijobs collected from both employers and employees, we further compare the results before and after the introduction of the minimum wage. The main focus is on hours worked, hourly wages, and the motivation behind offering or accepting mini jobs. As well, we compare the work quality of minijobs as measured by the provision of benefits, e.g., the provision of paid sick leave. The results show a complex picture: On the one hand, there are improvements in terms of wages, benefit provision, and the marginal employees’ job satisfaction. On the other hand, after the introduction of the minimum wage, wages below 8.50 Euros can still be observed, and the steppingstone function of mini jobs has lost importance.