Wages of Nurses in Germany: Large Differences Between Occupations and Regions
The study demonstrates huge regional differences in earnings within the same nursing profession, as well as between different care facilities. Moreover, there is no clear correlation between the level of wages within these nursing professions, and overall wage levels for comparable professions across the 16 federal states. Reasons for the large wage differentials are region-specific factors like unemployment rate and economic strength of the local economy, social deprivation of female occupations and social professions in general, institutional factors such as collective bargaining coverage and different financing of health and social care in the German system of social security. Finally we argue that higher wages in elderly care not only help to alleviate a labor-shortage in these occupations, but also strengthen the social recognition of what is a highly responsible and demanding profession.