What is a mini job?
In a mini job, you are allowed to earn a maximum of 538 Euros (gross) per month. You work relatively few hours each month. The mini job is also known as "geringfügige Beschäftigung” (marginal employment).
As an employee, you do not have to pay social insurance contributions or income tax for a mini job. This means you keep your full wage. You only pay a small amount into the pension scheme. You can also get yourself exempted from compulsory insurance in the statutory pension scheme.
Please note: the statutory minimum wage also applies to mini jobs.
Industry-specific minimum wages, i.e. minimum wages that apply to all employees in certain sectors or industries, also apply to mini jobs.
These industry-specific minimum wages are always higher than the statutory minimum wage. When you start a mini job, your employer must register you with the mini job centre. This always applies, regardless of whether you work in a company or in a private household. If you are unsure whether you are registered, you can ask the mini job centre. The mini job centre can use your national insurance number to determine whether you are registered. If you have not been registered, you can decide whether to provide the mini job centre with information about your employer. The mini job centre can write to the employer and ask them to register you.