New agreement in eldercare boosts pay by 25%

Germany

Services union ver.di and the BVAP social care employers’ organisation have signed a collective agreement for the first time covering eldercare. The agreement will set minimum standards for the sector with a 25% increase over three years taking minimum pay for trained nurses to EUR 3180 a month. There will be minimum pay rates for nursing assistants, those with one year’s training and qualified nurses beginning at EUR 12.30, EUR 13.10 and EUR 16.10 an hour respectively from 1 August 2021. This will then rise in three further stages on 1 January 2022, 1 January 2023 and 1 June 2023 to reach EUR 14.40, EUR 15.25 and EUR 18.75. On the basis of a 39-hour week this will mean minimum monthly salaries of EUR 2440, EUR 2585 and EUR 3180 from June 2023. The agreement also provides for EUR 500 in additional holiday pay and 28 days of annual paid leave. Ver.di and the BVAP see this as an important step to making the sector more attractive and dealing with the longstanding staffing shortages which have been even more sharply apparent as a result of the pandemic. The union and employers also hope that the agreement will be made generally binding across the sector. It also sets minimum conditions and so existing agreements that provide or will provide better conditions won’t be affected.