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What is the Social Insurance Group Key (PGRS)?
The social insurance group key (in German: Personengruppenschlüssel/PGRS) is a three-digit combination of numbers that employers must include on all DEÜV reports for their employees (notifications that the employer sends to the applicable health insurer). The PGRS transmits, to the social insurance carrier, basic data on the type of employment and the employee's social security status.
In the event that several characteristics apply to an employee and their activity, the lowest social insurance group key should be used.
Selection of frequently chosen PGRS combinations for employers
Employees in seafaring and agriculture have their own specific social insurance group keys; these are not explained further in this article.
|Regular employees subject to mandatory social security contributions.
Employees who pay contributions to pension and unemployment insurance and have statutory (voluntary) or private health insurance.
This is the default key unless a subordinate key can be assigned.
Persons employed under a traineeship or apprenticeship contract in accordance with the Vocational Training Act who receive more than €325.00 in pay.
|Employees in semi-retirement
|Employees who are employed part-time under the general regulations on partial retirement .
|Contractors subject to mandatory pension insurance
|Self-employed persons who work commercially on behalf of and on account of tradespeople, non-profit companies or public companies at their own premises according to S. 12(1) Social Security Code IV.
Employees who, as regular students, are completing a mandatory pre- or post-internship that is subject to pension insurance. Study or examination regulations from a recognized (technical) university are required. The activity can be carried out with or without remuneration.
Students who are enrolled in a regular program of studies, are gainfully employed during their studies and subject to mandatory pension insurance. During the semester, they may not work for more than 20 hours (per week); during the semester break, they may work full-time.
Persons with a disability working in a recognized workshop or similar institution.
Employees with physical, mental or psychological disabilities who work in a workshop or other recognized institution under the provisions of the Social Security Code.
|Recipients of early retirement benefits.
Former employees who continue to receive remuneration from the employer, but declare, as part of an agreement with the employer, that they will be permanently and irrevocably retiring from work until the start of their old-age pension.
Persons in marginal employment pursuant to S. 8(1)(1) SGB IV (German Social Security Code).
Employees whose total regular monthly salary is up to €520.00 and who are not trainees or persons doing internships.
|Short-term employees pursuant to S. 8(1)(2) SGB IV.
Employees whose employment is, from the outset, contractually limited to a maximum of 3 months (with 5 days per week) or 70 working days (with less than 5 days per week) per calendar year, and this activity is also not carried out professionally.
|Persons in youth welfare institutions, vocational training centers or similar institutions for people with a disability.
|Persons in youth welfare institutions or in vocational training centers for people with a disability who are to be qualified for gainful employment.
|See above note
Persons in irregular employment not related to their occupation.
|Persons subject to mandatory social security contributions who are employed for less than one week in a role not related to their regular occupation.
Persons in irregular employment related to their occupation.
|Persons subject to mandatory social security contributions who are employed for less than one week in a role related to their regular occupation.
Full-age pensioners and recipients of other age-related pensions who are exempt from mandatory insurance.
|Employees who receive a full old-age pension and remain exempt from pension insurance with continuance under S. 230 (9)(1) SGB VI .
Full-age pensioners and recipients of other age-related pensions who are subject to mandatory social security contributions.
|Employees who receive a full pension and who waive the right of continuance from Section 230 (9)(1) SGB VI.
Trainees whose pay does not exceed the low-income earners' limit pursuant to S. 20(3)(1)(1) SGB IV.
Trainees under the Vocational Training Act with an ongoing monthly salary of up to €325.00.
Trainees at an external facility.
Trainees with a traineeship or apprenticeship contract in accordance with S.2 (1) (3) BBiG (Vocational Training Act) who are trained by an independent training institution that is not part of a company.
Persons completing a voluntary social or environmental year or working in the federal volunteer service.
|Employees who are performing federal volunteer service or are completing a voluntary social or environmental year.
Employees who work from home and are not entitled to sick pay.
Employees according to S. 12 (2) SGB IV are persons who are neither integrated into the company nor bound by instructions and who work for a client on their behalf and on their account.
Disabled persons employed in an integration project following employment at a recognized workshop.
|Physically or mentally disabled persons and persons with a mental illness who are employed in an integration project following employment in a recognized workshop for the disabled (according Social Security Code IX).
Employees who are insured by statutory accident insurance only.
|Employees who are subject to mandatory accident insurance but are otherwise exempt from social security.
Employees who are not required to be reported.
Employees who are not subject to mandatory social insurance.