The Federal Government assumes that the number of employed pensioners in Germany will "continue and intensify". This said a spokesman for the Federal Ministry of Labor of the German Press Agency, citing figures from the Federal Statistical Office. Thus, last year, eight percent of the recipients of a pension were gainfully employed - five percentage points more than in 2000.
According to the latest statistics, almost half of those affected are marginally employed, with around one quarter each working under social insurance or self-employment.
The Ministry justifies the rising labor force participation in old age partly as "expression of changed lifestyles of a more active participation in the economy and society". In addition to financial reasons, there are intangibles such as enjoyment of work and contact with other people.
Above all, the Left Party sees money shortage as the main reason why seniors pursue employment and combines this fact with an old political demand. "If one-third of pensioners have to work in the first three years because the pension is not enough to survive, then the solidarity minimum pension must finally come," said the left-leaning federal governor, Jörg Schindler. The party demands at least € 1,050 a month for retirees.