The head of the pension insurance company expects significantly higher pensions for 2022


Pensioners often receive less money than retired civil servants.

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Berlin Pensioners in Germany can expect their retirement benefits to be increased again next year after a zero round in 2021. “I am assuming that the lack of increase will be made up to a certain extent in the coming year and that the retirees will get a decent plus in 2022,” said the President of the German Pension Insurance Association, Gundula Roßbach, the newspapers of the Funke media group according to the preliminary report.

How much more it will be, however, will not be known until next spring, because one has to look at the wage development throughout 2021. It is currently not possible to estimate how the fourth corona wave will affect the economy and the labor market.

However, as far as income is concerned, the statutory pension insurance has so far come through the Corona crisis in a stable manner. One reason for this is that the pension insurance in the pandemic also receives pension contribution payments on short-time work benefits, unemployment benefits and sickness benefits.

82 percent of the statutory pensions amount to less than 1500 euros. In contrast, 95.1 percent of pensions for federal civil servants are over 1500 euros. This emerges from a response from the Federal Ministry of Labor to a request from the Left, which the RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND) has received according to a preliminary report.

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“The gap to the civil service pensions shows a two-class society,” said the parliamentary group leader of the left in the Bundestag, Dietmar Bartsch accordingly. The Left advocates a major pension reform based on Austria. All citizens paid there, including civil servants, the self-employed and politicians.

According to RND, the Federal Ministry of Labor pointed out in its response to the request from the Left that the statistics also included very low pensions, for example due to short periods of employment. However, civil servants would be recruited on a lifetime basis. In addition, many of them have a university degree.

More: The civil service is facing the biggest wave of retirement in the post-war period. The federal states, in particular, promise their civil servants more for retirement than they can afford.