Further relief planned: inflation also hits middle incomes - who belongs to the middle class in Germany

This article first appeared on RTL.

Further relief planned: inflation also hits middle incomes - who belongs to the middle class in Germany

This article first appeared on RTL.de

Median income is the level of income from which there are just as many households with lower than higher incomes. This value is also called the median value.

As the Federal Employment Agency calculated, the median gross salary of all full-time employees subject to social security contributions last year (2021) was 3,516 euros.

While the median salary for men is EUR 3,649, women earn EUR 3,276. The difference is therefore 373 euros and has decreased by 21 euros compared to 2020. In 2017, wages and salaries still differed by 452 euros.

But there are also regional differences: full-time employees earn the highest median wages in Hamburg (EUR 3,962), Baden-Württemberg (EUR 3,843) and Hesse (EUR 3,799). The median is lowest in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (EUR 2,785), Thuringia (EUR 2,807) and Saxony-Anhalt (EUR 2,855).

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) also defines the middle class in terms of salary. A household is considered to be in the middle class if it has 75 to 200 percent of the median net income in its region at its disposal each month.

A study by the Bertelsmann Foundation analyzed the available data from 2018. The disposable net income for the middle class is between 1,500 and 4,000 euros for single people and between 3,000 and 8,000 euros for families.

Whether singles or families – the middle class also needs relief. Because it makes a huge difference whether a family has 3,800 euros or 7,400 euros a month at their disposal. Politicians must now finally step up and explain for whom there should actually be relief. It remains to be seen whether these will be fair.

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