In Germany, 99.7% of all firms are SMEs. They employ more than 70% of the total workforce, provide roughly 82% of all vocational training places and account for 41% of total turnover. The distribution of SMEs between different sectors varies distinctly. Furthermore, wages rise as firm size increases; working hours, however, decline as firm size increases. Nonetheless, it would be misleading to conclude that working conditions in small and medium-sized enterprises are, in general, worse than they are in large firms. The coverage of collective bargaining and workers’ representation by works council rise with increasing firm size. In many firms, however, the social dialogue is effectively conducted via individual contracts, informal agreements or alternative forms of workers’ representation.

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9. Februar 2017

Familienunternehmen Der Mittelstand in GroßArrow

In Deutschland gibt es fast 4.700 familiengeführte Unternehmen, die nach EU-Definition zwar zu den Großunternehmen zählen, aufgrund ihrer Strukturen aber Mittelständler sind. Definitiv groß ist allerdings ihr Beitrag zur deutschen Wirtschaft. mehr auf iwd.de

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Klaus-Heiner Röhl on INSMEblog A new culture encouraging entrepreneurship could trigger more start-upsArrow

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Digitalisierung Mittelstand scheut die digitale RevolutionArrow

Von Firmen-Apps bis zur vollautomatischen Fertigung in der Industrie 4.0: Die Digitalisierung bietet den Unternehmen viele Möglichkeiten. Doch vor allem der Mittelstand zögert, wenn es um den Einsatz technischer Neuerungen geht. Warum das so ist, beleuchtet eine aktuelle IW-Analyse. mehr auf iwd.de