Request from the left More than one million employees of the 67 plus generation
The number of older people who have paid jobs is growing. Many do not feel ready for retirement yet. But there are other reasons to keep going.
More and more older people in Germany are in employment. Last year, 1,04 million employees were 67 years or older. Almost 600.000 still had a regular job by the age of 70.
That shows the answer of the federal government to a request of the left in the Bundestag, which the German press agency in Berlin.
Almost 220 were even aged 000 and over - and 75 employees aged 72.000 and over. 80 mini-jobbers are among the people in employment aged 67 and over. With the combination of pension and mini job, you do not have to take out social security and you do not have to pay taxes on the additional income.
A particularly large number of those affected work in an office, as cleaning staff or drivers. Many older people - often in mini-jobs - also work in the areas of building technology, warehouse management and delivery. It is possible to combine several mini-jobs if the total earnings remain at 450 euros.
For years, labor market researchers have been finding that people do not necessarily feel ready for retirement when they reach retirement age. On average, older people are also fitter than previous generations. In addition, skilled workers are in great demand and also sought after in old age. According to experts, women in particular are often dependent on additional earnings in addition to retirement.
Left faction leader Dietmar Bartsch, who made the request, told the dpa: "Of course there are employees who work voluntarily into old age, but for many it is the sheer financial need to have to earn something." If people who are over 70, 75, 80 or even over 85 years old still have to work, it is a "tragedy".
The pension policy spokesman for the FDP parliamentary group, Johannes Vogel, commented on the finding on Sunday: “The fact that many people want to stay longer in their working lives is very good news - that there are still many hurdles is the bad. The greatest relief would be a flexible retirement age instead of a rigid age limit. " To prevent old-age poverty from increasing further, the statutory pension must be strengthened through a statutory share pension, among other things.
You can continue to work beyond your statutory retirement age, initially without retiring or as a pensioner.