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Latvia's average wages keep increasing

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Data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia show that the average wages and salaries in the country are growing already for the third year in a row.

Аuthor: Evija Trifanova/LETACompared to Q1 of the previous year, gross wages and salaries in Q1 of 2013 have increased by 4.2% (from 466 LVL to 486 LVL); rise in public sector comprises 4.4% (from 488 LVL to 510 LVL), in private sector – 4.3% (from 453 LVL to 472 LVL), while growth in the general government sector constituted 5.1% (from 446 LVL to 469 LVL).

Net wages and salaries (after taxes) in Q1 accounted for 350 LVL – namely 72% of the wages and salaries before taxes (gross); moreover, as personal income tax since 1 January 2013 was diminished from 25% to 24%, the share of net wages increased by 1 percentage point. Growth of the net wages and salaries during the year exceeded the growth of consumer prices (0.4%) by 4.8%, thus increasing the purchasing power of employees.

In comparison with Q4 of 2012, gross wages and salaries in the country dropped by 1.7%. Decline in the public sector constituted 4.0%, in private sector – 0.3%, while in general government sector – 2.2%.

In Q1 of this year, average monthly gross wages and salaries, calculated increasing the wage earner number by the number of unemployed persons engaged in the paid temporary public works, constituted 482 LVL. Data of the State Employment Agency show that, in Q1, on average 8.6 thousand unemployed persons were participating in the paid temporary public works.

As compared to the corresponding period of 2012, the highest rise of wages salaries in the 1st quarter of 2013 was recorded in public administration – of 8.0%, trade – of 6.4%, information and communication – of 6.2%, construction – of 6.1%, agriculture – of 5.8%, and real estate activities – of 5.3%.

Growth of wages and salaries in the above sectors was influenced by the increase in both regular wages and salaries as well as irregular bonuses and premiums. In 2013, the highest rise in the public administration sector was observed in wages and salaries received by the employees of the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Justice. Due to the changes of average wages and salaries in the country, also wages of Saeima deputies and other officials have risen.

During the year, no changes were recorded in the wages received by the persons engaged in water supply; sewerage, waste management, and remediation activities, while slight wage reduction was observed in administrative and support service activities – of 0.2%.

Wages and salaries in manufacturing sector have increased less than a year ago – in comparison with Q1 of 2012, monthly gross wages and salaries in Q1 of 2013 have went up by 3.6% (in 2012 – on average by 4.6%).

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  1. JPR says:

    Real workers deserve more. The handjob hunnies and their ilk, shoud get a lot less. E.g. 5 Lats per job.

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