Lower Saxony and Bremen
Wages in Lower Saxony on the rise again
Hannover (dpa/lni) – The wages of the inhabitants of Lower Saxony rose again in the second year of the pandemic. As the Lower Saxony State Statistics Office (LSN) announced on Wednesday, nominal wages increased by 2.4 percent in 2021 compared to the previous year. However, if the evolution of consumer prices is taken into account, the final result was negative: real wages fell by 0.7 percent in 2021 compared to the previous year.
In 2020, the first year of the pandemic, real wages had fallen by 1.2 percent and thus more. At that time, nominal wages fell 0.9 percent. Statisticians attributed this to the increased use of part-time work. In 2021, among other things, due to the relaxation of the coronavirus measures, less part-time work was used, which led to an increase in wages.
Average weekly working hours also normalized again in 2021. Paid weekly working time for full-time employees was 38.3 hours last year, an increase of 0.7 percent compared to the previous year. .