The number of fatal work accidents has fallen in Germany, although the number of occupational diseases has risen, according to a report released in December 2014. However, the Annual Report on Health and Safety at the Workplace also shows that production lost as a result of sickness leave was worth €59 billion in 2013, or 2% of German gross national income.
The pay-as-you-go statutory pension insurance is intended to protect workers in Germany from having to rely on tax-financed assistance in old age. However, due to the ageing of society the security level of the statutory pension insurance must decrease.
While German law stipulates a standard retirement age for all members of the public pension scheme, empirical studies have shown that life expectancy is unevenly distributed within the population, varying according to income level, professional status, ...