That results from the answer of the federal government to a small question of the left faction in the Bundestag, about which the newspapers of the "Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland" report in their Thursday editions. Accordingly, the number of jobs subject to social security contributions rose by 2010 in western Germany from 2019 to 1.937.346, which corresponds to an increase of 11,79 percent.
In eastern Germany, the increase in the same period was only 191.082, which equates to an increase of 4,96 percent. As a rule, all jobs where the monthly income is above a limit of 450 euros are subject to social insurance. "In the 30th year of unification, one has to realize that the East is losing its connection to the job market, especially with good jobs," said the chairman of the left-wing parliamentary group, Dietmar Bartsch, to the RND. “Despite the boom years, the gap in employment subject to social insurance has widened further.” Therefore, “labor market reforms that convert bad jobs into good work and an active federal structural policy” are necessary.
It is unfair that there are hardly any federal institutions and federal companies in the new states, added Bartsch. The Federal Government's Eastern Commissioner, Marco Wanderwitz (CDU), should therefore submit a relocation plan for federal institutions and federal companies. "It is not about an extra sausage for the East, but about federal fairness," said the left-wing politician.