▷ Almost 9 out of 10 collective bargaining employees will receive Christmas bonuses in 2021 / collective bargaining employees …

01.11.2021 – 08:00

Federal Office of Statistics


87.2% of collective bargaining employees in Germany will receive a Christmas bonus in 2021. As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the proportion of employees with a claim to Christmas bonuses in eastern Germany is slightly higher at 88.0% than in western Germany with 87.0%. The average gross Christmas bonus of all employees in Germany in 2021 will be 2,677 euros. That is 1.9% more than in 2020 (2,627 euros). The average Christmas bonus for employees in collective bargaining agreements in western Germany (2,695 euros) is 5.5% higher than in eastern Germany (2,554 euros).

The amount of the Christmas bonus depends heavily on the industry

The amount of the collectively agreed Christmas bonus varies greatly in the individual sectors, in which several collective agreements can be incorporated. An above-average Christmas bonus will be paid in 2021, for example in the area of ​​”coking and mineral oil processing”. All employees under collective bargaining agreements there receive a Christmas bonus, an average of 5,651 euros. The collectively agreed Christmas bonus in the area of ​​”manufacture of chemical products” is also above average at 5,369 euros and in the area of ​​”energy supply” at 5,171 euros. In both areas, with 98.8% and 98.0% respectively, almost all collective bargaining employees are entitled to a Christmas bonus.

The Christmas bonus is close to the average in the areas of “Manufacture of clothing” (2,677 euros) and “Manufacture of food and animal feed” (2,519 euros). In these areas, 100% or 82.4% of all collective bargaining employees receive a Christmas bonus.

The lowest Christmas bonus is paid to employees in the area of ​​”placement and leasing of workers”. An average of EUR 301 is paid here; 99.0% of collective bargaining employees are entitled to this. In the hospitality sector, too, there is a below-average Christmas bonus of 861 euros. Here 92.4% of the collective bargaining employees are entitled to a Christmas bonus.

Methodological note:

The evaluations of the Christmas bonus are based on the wage, salary and remuneration collective agreements as well as works agreements, which are also recorded for the regular calculation of the wage indices. With the publication of the results of the quarterly index of collective wages for the 1st quarter of 2021, the regular changeover to the new base year 2020 = 100 took place. Due to the associated new selection of the collective agreements included and the updating of their weights, this year’s results on the average Christmas bonus are not comparable with the results published in previous years. The method report provides an overview of the calculation of the tariff index.

All additional annual special payments made in November and December are counted towards the Christmas bonus. A detailed table by area and branch of industry can be found in the subject area of ​​collective wages. Information on industry collective agreements can be called up from our tariff database.

The complete press release as well as further information and functions are available on the website of the Federal Statistical Office at https://www.destatis.de/pressemitteilungen to find.

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