With the boom in online trading, postal, courier and express services have been experiencing an upswing for years, which picked up again in the corona crisis. From January to September sales in online retail rose price-adjusted by more than 21 percent compared to the same period last year. The Christmas business promises new records: The Federal Association of Parcel and Express Logistics (Biek) recently forecast that around 420 million parcels will be delivered in November and December – 60 million more than a year earlier.
Average wages in supermarkets are falling
In addition to parcel delivery companies, supermarket employees are also particularly affected by the corona crisis. Because the grocery trade was one of the few industries that remained open during the initial lockdown. Nevertheless, employees in German supermarkets earned less on average in 2020 than in the previous year. The editorial network Germany reports that this is based on figures from the Federal Statistical Office, which the Left parliamentary group asked for.
According to this, the average monthly gross earnings of employees in the retail trade with food, beverages and tobacco products in sales rooms fell from 1471 euros in the second quarter of 2019 to 1411 euros in the second quarter of this year. This corresponds to a decrease of 60 euros or around four percent.
Falling weekly hours were not responsible for the decline, according to the report. Rather, the number of paid weekly working hours between the two comparison periods even increased from 35.3 to 37.9 hours, which is likely due to the influx of customers during the first shutdown in spring. At that time, hamster purchases had brought record sales to retail chains.
Left parliamentary group leader Dietmar Bartsch sharply criticized the fact that average wages are falling despite the sales records. “Is that the thanks for those who keep the country going?” The RND quoted him as saying. It should not be “that the owners of Aldi, Lidl, Rewe and Edeka are having their pockets full in the corona crisis, and nothing is being received by the salespeople who work on the attack every day and put their health at risk.”