What laws apply to temporary work?
There are legal regulations for temporary work in the Act on Temporary Agency Work (Arbeitnehmerüberlassungsgesetz, AÜG). Collective agreements regulate the framework conditions for this work.
As from 1 January 2024, the industry-specific minimum wage in temporary work will be 13.50 Euros per hour.
If the company to which you have been loaned out to belongs to a sector in which a generally binding industry-specific minimum wage applies, you must be paid this industry-specific minimum wage. It is important that you are correctly categorised. In the collective agreements, there are certain wage groups that are assigned to specific activities. If you need to be trained for a job or require specific vocational training, you must be paid a higher wage.
Please note: you must be categorised in the correct wage group from the very start. It’s hard to change the categorisation at a later date.
It is possible that your employer categorises you in a lower wage group than is actually correct. Find out from your trade union or the Fair Integration advice centre whether you have been placed in the correct wage group.
Important: temporary workers must be treated in the same way as employees in the company where they work. This does not apply if a collective agreement applies to the temporary work.