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Private sector monthly salaries

Producer: Statistics Finland
Main topic: Wages, Salaries and Labour Costs
Related topics: Labour Market
Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Yes
European Statistical System (ESS): No


The statistics on private sector monthly salaries describe the numbers and earnings levels of the monthly paid employees of private enterprises and non-profit institutions by occupation, education of occupational group, gender and age.

The data are collected jointly with employer organisations so that they collect data from their own member enterprises while Statistics Finland collects data from non-organised enterprises. The collected data mainly relate to September/October.

Data content

The data on employees describe gender, age and education. The data on employers and workplaces describe location and industry. The data on employment relationships describe year of start of employment relationship, type of employment relationship, occupation and weekly working hours.

The concept of earnings in the statistics on monthly salaries is earnings for regular hours worked which contains the following pay items: basic monthly pay inclusive of personal and seniority bonus, compensations for shift, evening and night work, and regular Sunday work, taxable value of fringe benefits and average monthly amount of commission or sales commission. Earnings for regular working hours can also be calculated inclusive of performance-based bonus.

As a rule, the data are public but data concerning an individual employer or employee are confidential.

Classifications used

The data are mostly classified by occupation, education, industry, gender and age group.

The statistics have, since 2010 been produced by the Finnish Classification of Occupations 2010, which is based on the European Union's common classification of occupations ISCO-08. The data concerning the statistical reference year 2010 were produced by both the 2001 and the 2010 classification.

Data collection methods and data sources

The data for the statistics on private sector wages and salaries are gathered from several sources. A large proportion of them derive from the data collected by organised employers (Confederation of Finnish Industries EK, Employers' Association for Service Enterprises PTY, Commission for Church Employers KIT, Finnish Theatre Information Centre) from their member enterprises. Statistics Finland supplements these with data it collects with a sample survey from non-organised employers.

The survey concerns all wage and salary earners with a valid employment relationship with the enterprise during one month in the last quarter of the year, except for the data from the Commission for Church Employers, which derive from June.

The statistics on monthly salaries describe monthly paid, full-time employees remunerated for regular working hours. The published data on pay exclude part-time employees. As a rule, persons whose regular weekly working hours are over ten per cent shorter than usual in the field are regarded as part-time employees.

Managing directors, trainees, students and persons whose remuneration deviates from the normal are not included in the statistics.

Data collections

Updating frequency


Time of completion or release

The data are published annually in July/August.

Time series

Statistics Finland has published the data in the Social Review of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (up to 1966), and in its own Wages publication series (1967-2005) and Wages and Labour Costs series (starting from 2006). The sample of the statistics is updated annually. A sample review was made in the 2009 statistics, so the data produced from 2009 onwards are not comparable with earlier years.


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Last updated 28.06.2017