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Latest publication: Wage and salary indices 2019, March

Published: 11 July 2016

Wages and salaries sum grew by 1.7 per cent year-on-year in March to May

According to Statistics Finland, the wages and salaries sum of the whole economy was 1.7 per cent greater in the past March to May period than in the corresponding period twelve months earlier. In March alone, the wages and salaries sum of the whole economy grew by 1.1 per cent from one year ago. One year previously in March to May the wages and salaries sum of the whole economy increased by 1.6 per cent.

Year-on-year change in wages and salaries sum in the 03/2016–05/2016 and 03/2015–05/2015 time periods, % (TOL 2008)

Year-on-year change in wages and salaries sum in the 03/2016–05/2016 and 03/2015–05/2015 time periods, % (TOL 2008)

In March to May, the wages and salaries sum grew fastest in private health and social work, where the growth amounted to 7.8 per cent from one year ago. The wages and salaries sums of construction (7.3 %), financial intermediation (3.3 %), other services (3.2 %) and trade (2.3 %) also grew. The wages and salaries sum of manufacturing (-1.9 %) and private education (-1.1 %) declined from the respective time period twelve months earlier.

The wages and salaries sum grew by 2.6 per cent in the private sector in March to May year-on-year

The wages and salaries sum in the private sector was 2.6 per cent greater in March to May than in the respective time period twelve months earlier. In the public sector, the wages and salaries sum decreased by 0.2 per cent in the latest three-month period from twelve months back. In May alone, the wages and salaries sum in the private sector increased by 1.9 per cent from one year earlier. In May, the wages and salaries sum in the public sector decreased by 0.4 per cent from one year earlier. In the March to May period one year ago, the wages and salaries sum increased by 2.3 per cent in the private sector and by 0.6 per cent in the public sector.

Annual change in the wages and salaries sum of the whole economy, and the private and public sector in 03/2016–05/2016 and 03/2015–05/2015, % (TOL 2008 and S 2012)

Annual change in the wages and salaries sum of the whole economy, and the private and public sector in 03/2016–05/2016 and 03/2015–05/2015, % (TOL 2008 and S 2012)
The wages and salaries sum refers to the sum total of the gross wages and salaries paid to employees without incentive stock options. The wages and salaries sum is influenced by changes in employment and in the earnings level of wage and salary earners.

The wage and salary indices adopted new treatment for closures of small enterprises starting from the data for May 2016. This affected the revision of data at the turn of the year and in early 2016.


Source: Wage and salary indices, Statistics Finland

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Updated 11.7.2016

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Wage and salary indices [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-6125. May 2016. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 21.7.2019].
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