Germany - Diverging figures on coverage rate - October 31, 2016

According to figures for 2014, published by Federal Statistical Office Destatis, roughly 45% of the employees in Germany worked in businesses bound by collective agreements, that is, in businesses subject to either a branch-specific collective agreement (41%) or a company agreement (4%). Based on the results of the structure of earnings survey, Destatis also reports that the proportion of businesses subject to collective agreements was just under 15% in 2014. These figures are rather different from actual figures presented by the Institute IAB that calculated a coverage rate (branch and company level combined) of 57%.  

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