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Living and working in Germany

Eurofound provides research, data and analysis on a wide range of social and work-related topics. This information is largely comparative, but also offers country-specific information for each of the EU Member States. This page contains information, research and data for Germany.

Country profile

Working life in Germany - Highlights

The effects of the war in Ukraine, particularly inflation and rising prices for energy and resources, had a significant impact in 2023. The annual average inflation rate rose by 5.9% compared with 2022, resulting in marked price increases. While targeted measures to mitigate the economic consequences and restore stability in Germany (such as the gas and electricity price brake, energy bills support, heating cost allowances and certain tax reductions introduced in 2022) were still in place in 2023, the economy slipped into recession as gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 0.3% (according to preliminary figures from the Federal Statistical Office).



Life satisfaction

Data source: 2016 EQLS survey


Ability to choose or change methods of work

Data source: 2015 EWCS survey


Possibility to accumulate overtime for days off

Data source: 2013 ECS survey

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Eurofound's EU PolicyWatch database collects national level policy measures on various topics.

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Restructuring events in Germany

The restructuring events database contains factsheets with data on large-scale restructuring events reported in the principal national media and company websites in each EU Member State.


Correspondents in Germany

Correspondents report on topics related to developments in the country's working life and inform Eurofound’s pan-European comparative analysis. Read more

Consortium Hans-Böckler-Stiftung (HBS) & Institut der Deutschen Wirtschaft Köln (IW)


Eurofound Management Board members from Germany

Eurofound's Management Board is made up of representatives of the social partners and national governments of all Member States, European Commission representatives and an independent expert appointed by the European Parliament. Read more

Thomas Voigtländer​ Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

Matthias Rohrmann Employers' and Business' Association of Mobility and Transport Service Providers (AGV-MOVE)

Tanja Bergrath Confederation of German Trade Unions (DGB)


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