Social Security

"Let us have but one end in view, the welfare of humanity; and let us put aside all selfishness in consideration of language, nationality, or religion."

John Amos Comenius


Social Security

The German social security system protects workers against the risk of loss of income in the events of sickness, maternity, accident and work accidents, invalidity, old age and unemployment. It is based on social insurance with contributions roughly proportional to the work income divided between employer and employee.

The insurance is compulsory under German law, and the employer is liable for a regular payment of both – the employer’s and employee’s share of the contributions, which is to be deducted from the monthly salary. While in principle all work performed in Germany is subject to social security contributions, certain exceptions exist in cross-border situations in order to prevent payment obligations in both countriesand certain countries have entered in social security treaties with Germany.