This paper examines the relations between employees’ educational attainment and their income as well as their social status, considering the individuals’ social background. The data derive from the German BIBB/BAuA Employment Survey 2012. The social status is analyzed for the individuals’ first job and their current job using the International Socio-Economic Index of Occupational Status (ISEI). The results show that academic and further vocational qualifications have a positive effect on employees’ income compared to initial vocational qualifications. Especially academic qualifications are positively related to employees’ social status, while over time also (initial and further) vocational qualifications have a positive effect. The individuals’ social background is also positively related to their educational attainment – mostly for the group of academically qualified employees.

Published in: Canada International Conference on Education, 2017

  • Date of Conference: 26-29 June, 2017
  • DOI: 10.2053/CICE.2017.0154
  • Electronic ISBN: 978-1-908320-83-4
  • Conference Location: University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada