If you have been granted a research fellowship, you are exempt from paying social security contributions.
© ioannis kounadeas - Fotolia.comHowever, if you have been employed in Germany, these contributions are compulsory. They cover pension, unemployment, private nursing, and accident insurance and are normally split 50/50 between the employer and the employee. An exception to this is statutory accident insurance, which the employer pays in full. Contributions to your social security insurance will be deducted at source from your gross earnings and arranged directly by the employer, who will register you with your chosen ». The health insurance company will then inform all the other social security departments.
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