Share of low wages

This indicator shows the share of persons holding positions at the lower end of the wage scale and therefore provides information on income precariousness.

From an integration perspective, a decrease in the share of persons on low wages indicates an improved situation.


A job is considered "low wage" when the wages, calculated on the basis of a full-time equivalent of 40 hours per week, are less than two-thirds of the median standardised gross earnings.


The share of low wages corresponds to the share of employees who have a low-wage job.

Employees are assigned to the low wage category on the basis of the wages recalculated for a standardised 40-hour week so that the work-time percentage does not affect whether people are assigned to this category.


Federal Statistical Office Section Demography and Migration
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