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Germans log on to Löw-cost labour

An inflexible and costly labour market is often blamed for the eurozone's poor economic performance. But in Germany at least, times are changing. In an appeal to pure free-market economics, two Germans have launched a recruitment website where jobs go to the lowest bidder.

Münster-based Fabian Löw, a 31-year old student, and his co-founder Oliver Heim, are behind www.jobdumping.de. Employers can auction jobs online to workers who undercut one another until the cheapest one wins, while candidates can post their CVs and charge-out rates on the site.

The service discourages what it calls "unrealistic bidding" and suggests that nobody bids less than €3 per hour. Employers can turn down an unqualified candidate.

The site has proved controversial in Germany, but it has still helped to fill around 1,700 vacancies in a range of sectors. Opinion polls suggest that a Herr Schroeder might be logging on to the site following the expected general election in September. 

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