Quarterly statistics on labour costs in the public sector

Description of the data collection

The quarterly inquiry on labour costs collects data on the number of paid employees in municipalities, joint municipal authorities and parishes and about their number of hours paid, worked and absent, and paid costs and social insurance contributions.
The data concerning municipalities are collected by industry and the data on joint municipal authorities and parishes usually for the whole unit.
Statistics on wages and salaries and labour costs are based on Regulations (EC) No 530/1999 concerning structural statistics on earnings and on labour costs and Regulation No 450/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the labour cost index. Regulation (EC) No 224/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council provided for extending the index to industries in the public sector.
The inquiry is carried out quarterly immediately after the end of each quarter using a web questionnaire.

From whom are data collected?

The target group of the inquiry is municipalities, joint municipal authorities and parish unions. The quarterly data collection applies to all municipalities with a population of over 50,000, a sample of municipalities with fewer than 50,000 inhabitants, 36 largest joint municipal authorities and 10 largest parish unions.
The obligation to provide data is based on the Statistics Act (280/2004).

Data processing

The Statistics Act obliges Statistics Finland to treat the data as confidential and use them only for statistical purposes.

What are the data used for?

The data are used to compile the Labour Cost Index that describes changes in labour costs for an hour worked which shows the short-term changes in labour costs.
The Labour Cost Survey, in turn, describes the level and structure of labour costs. The costs and their development are monitored by the European Union and the European Central Bank and they interest, in particular, economic policy decision makers and labour market analysts.

The data from the data collection are used in the following statistics:

How often are data collected?

Quarterly