Förderprogramm "Integration durch Qualifizierung IQ"

Exceptions to minimum wage

There are few exceptions to minimum wage. These people can earn less than the minimum wage:

  • People in vocational training
  • Adolescents under the age of 18 who have not completed vocational training
  • People who are taking part in a measure offered by the job centre or the employment agency (e.g. an introductory qualification)
  • People doing voluntary service
  • The self-employed
  • People doing a compulsory internship
  • People doing a voluntary internship for professional orientation lasting a maximum of three months

Please note: the statutory minimum wage and industry-specific minimum wages also apply to migrants/refugees working in Germany.