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MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –

Source: Destatis Federal Statistical Office

Number of week number 52 of December 22, 2020

WIESBADEN – The approximately 3.4 million people employed in the retail trade are currently particularly in focus. Whether in shops that missed part of the Christmas business during the corona-related lockdown or in supermarkets that also supply the population with groceries during this time – almost two thirds (64%) of all workers there were women in 2019, according to the Federal Statistical Office ( Destatis).

Almost half of the workforce worked part-time

45% of those employed in retail work part-time. The vast majority of them were women (84%). For comparison: 29% of the workforce in all sectors worked part-time in 2019. Here, too, women made up the majority with a share of 78%.

Two thirds of those in work in retail work on Saturdays

Working on Saturdays is part of everyday life in retail. 64% of the workforce worked on this day in 2019. That was almost twice as many as among the employed in all sectors (34%). On Sundays and public holidays, however, the picture is reversed. Thanks to the prevailing store opening laws, the majority of those in work in retail can regularly enjoy a day off here. Only 11% had to work on Sundays and public holidays in 2019. By contrast, 21% of the employed in all sectors worked on Sundays and public holidays.

Methodological notes.

Employees in the motor vehicle trade are not included in the “Retail” economic group on which this report is based. In contrast, this includes not only those employed in mail-order and online retailing, but also many other sub-groups such as pharmacies who (have to) remain open to health care during the corona-related lockdown.

The data is based on the microcensus, for which around 1% of the population in Germany is surveyed every year.

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