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Arbeitsmarktspiegel: Labour market developments following the introduction of the minimum wage


The project Arbeitsmarktspiegel was commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. Six editions of the Arbeitsmarktspiegel have been released so far. The results of the seventh edition are now published in the IAB Research Report 10/2018. The is the final report on the Arbeitsmarktspiegel.

In preparation of the project, a study was conducted on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs examining the practicability of the planned analyses and preparing computations. The results of this feasibility study of a minimum wage monitoring (working title of the present Arbeitsmarktspiegel) was published as another IAB-Research Report which describes the preliminary work and methodological concepts underlying the Arbeitsmarktspiegel (only available in German).

Topics and results

The IAB Research Report 10/2018 „Arbeitsmarktspiegel: Entwicklungen nach Einführung des Mindestlohns (Ausgabe 7)“ shows important developments on the German labour market since the introduction of the statutory minimum wage in Germany. For the seventh edition, data until June 2018 are available. Based on the long observation period, we can distinguish between short-term and longer-term changes after the introduction of the minimum wage. During the three years after the introduction of the minimum wage, overall employment has continuously increased. This is mainly due to an increase in employment subject to social security. The number of marginal employees, which had decreased considerably after the introduction of the minimum wage in 2015, has thereafter continued to follow a slightly declining path. We do not find any noteworthy adjustments following the minimum wage increase in 2017. The Arbeitsmarktspiegel also examines developments for specific subgroups of the labour market and includes low-level regional information for 96 spatial planning regions (Raumordnungsregionen). The seventh edition also examines the employment stability of new labour market entrants and finds that the stability has increased slightly during the time period analyzed.

The seventh edition of the Arbeitsmarktspiegel is an updated and substantially modified version.

Data Tool

During the project term a web-based data tool was available alongside the published Research Reports. At the end of the project this tool was deactivated. Unfortunately it is no longer accessible.