Germany discussed: Should politicians have had a real job before moving to parliament? And how much should they earn? An INSA survey for BILD has shown that the majority of Germans want politicians to have a real job before moving to parliament. AND: Instead of a standard diet, they should continue to collect the salary of the previous job.
Away from the standard salary for politicians – a move that Professor Niklas Potrafke (42) from the Institute for Economic Research (ifo) welcomes. “It could be discussed whether politicians would be paid differently in the future: no more uniform diets. Instead, a salary that is based on the salary of the last job outside of politics,” he says to BILD. “In this way, it could be possible for those who have not previously done so for financial reasons to apply for a mandate.”
BECAUSE, the expert points out: “Germany needs the best and most experienced people in politics, especially in times of crisis. In order to attract more highly educated people to politics, the incentives have to be right. Salary can also play an important role in this.”
At present, members of parliament can only supplement their income through part-time jobs. “And then people often scold: The sideline activities would keep the MPs from their parliamentary activities,” says Potrafke. “Thats not right.”
Studies would not show, for example, that MPs with many part-time jobs in Parliament speak less often or table motions. The expert clearly: “Particularly talented MPs can do both; have a lot of secondary employment and make a significant difference in political operations. Germany needs these particularly talented people in politics.”