Are engineers at Groupon happy

Every third employee is extremely dissatisfied with their working conditions in Germany. That comes from the current DGB index "good work". Only twelve percent described their job as completely positive. About half of the respondents (54 percent) rated their working conditions as average.

According to the representative infratest survey, engineers rated their working conditions best, followed by employees in the chemical industry and administration.

Temporary and unskilled workers bring up the rear

The conditions for temporary workers and unskilled workers are particularly bad. DGB boss Michael Sommer felt that the survey reinforced the demands of the unions for a statutory minimum wage. The DGB index is "further evidence of lousy conditions in the low-wage sector". The wages of the employees and their working conditions must be improved, demanded Sommer.

Fight against retirement at 67

Sommer pointed out that it was particularly dramatic that 73 percent of employees with good working conditions expected to keep their workforce up to retirement age. In contrast, only 27 percent of people who work under poor conditions expected this. Sommer emphasized that this is one of the reasons why the unions would continue their fight against retirement at 67. IG Metall boss J├╝rgen Peters said the demographic debate was being exploited demagogically. Even today, no 60-year-olds work on the assembly line.

Ver.Di chairman Frank Bsirske pointed out that lower qualifications are associated with lower income, poorer working conditions and an increased health risk. Temporary agency work in particular is increasingly becoming an instrument for suppressing wages.

With regular reports from the employees' point of view, the unions wanted to contribute to an improvement in the reality of work.

Extrapolated to all employees, the index achieved a value of 58 points this year. The quality of work in Germany is thus in the lower midfield; around 20 points behind the requirements for "good work", but only eight points above the limit for "bad work". "The index value shows major deficits and considerable potential for improvement," emphasized Sommer.

Employees complain about low wages

A total of around 6,100 employees were surveyed based on a random selection. The responsible scientists emphasized that the survey "meets the highest standards" and is representative.

Overall, it becomes clear that the labor market is drifting further and further apart. Employees often feel that they are not being paid in line with their work. Many employees also complain about a lack of appreciation for their work, a lack of collegiality and qualification opportunities. It goes on to say that 50 percent of employers show little or no consideration for a work-life balance.