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One in four German workers in low-wage sector

Published on Jun 9, 2013 11:55 PM

BERLIN (AFP) - German jobless figures may have dropped sharply in recent years, but almost one quarter of workers are now employed in the low-wage sector, said a report on Sunday on a new labour market study.

The study, reported in the Spiegel news weekly, was set to fuel election-year debate about inequality and a growing army of "working poor" in Europe's biggest economy after far-reaching labour market reforms of recent years.

The study by the Hans-Boeckler Foundation, which is close to the labour union movement, said the number of unemployed had fallen by two million from a level of 4.9 million in 2005, but that this had not led to more equality in wages.

The study said that 22.2 per cent of workers - or between six million and eight million people - were employed in the low-wage sector in 2010, taking home less than two-thirds of the national average.

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