• Blue Card Minimum Salary Increases on January 1
  • February 19, 2015
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Starting January 1, 2015, non-EEA nationals with valid job offers applying for work authorization under the European Blue Card program will be subject to higher minimum salary levels in Germany.

    The minimum salary for shortage occupations will be €37,752, up from €37,128; and for non-shortage occupations, the minimum will be €48,400, up from €47,600.

    The German government reevaluates the minimum salary requirements for the Blue Card program annually. The new salary thresholds apply to Blue Card applicants with employment contract start dates of January 1 or later.

    What This Means for Employers

    Employers should ensure that all relevant teams and managers are aware of the salary increases and plan for the impact on corporate budgets.