More and more retirees in Germany are working to avoid poverty in old age.

More and more retirees in Germany are continuing to work. Currently, there are 1,123,000 employees who are older than 67 years and have therefore exceeded the regular retirement age. This information comes from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in response to parliamentary inquiries from the Left Party, as reported by the Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND).

Currently, there are 56,105 more senior citizens employed than at the end of last year. The majority of working retirees have marginal employment, with only about a quarter being socially insured, according to the report. The Left Party sees the high proportion of so-called 520-euro mini-jobs as an indication that many retirees have to work to make a living.

„I cannot reword“

The leader of the Left Party in the Bundestag, Dietmar Bartsch, last week called for an extraordinary increase in pensions of ten percent or at least 200 euros per month. He also demanded that the pension level in Germany be raised again to „at least 53 percent“ – currently around 48 percent.