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Latest publication: Index of wage and salary earnings 2019, 2nd quarter

Published: 15 October 2018

Wage and salary earners’ earnings rose by 2.1 percent

According to Statistics Finland’s preliminary data, the nominal earnings of wage and salary earners rose by 2.1 per cent on average in July to September 2018 when compared to the respective period in 2017. Real earnings rose by 0.8 per cent compared to the third quarter of the previous year, because the rise in earnings level was faster than that in consumer prices.

Index of wage and salary earnings and real earnings 2000/1 to 2018/3, annual change percentage

Index of wage and salary earnings and real earnings 2000/1 to 2018/3, annual change percentage

According to Statistics Finland’s preliminary data, the nominal earnings of wage and salary earners rose from July to September 2017 to the corresponding period in 2018 by 2.2 per cent in the private sector, by 1.7 per cent in the central government sector and by 1.7 per cent in the local government sector.

Wage and salary earners’ regular earnings increased by 2.0 per cent in July to September

The index for regular earnings describes the permanent change in earnings better than the index of wage and salary earnings because it does not take into account performance-based bonuses and non-recurring items included in collective agreements. Regular earnings rose by 2.0 per cent in July to September 2018 when compared with the respective period in 2017. The growth amounted to 2.2 per cent in the private sector, to 1.7 per cent in the central government sector, and to 1.7 per cent in the local government sector.

Index of wage and salary earnings and index of regular earnings are final as far as the year 2017

The indices are final as far as the year 2017 and they are based on final wage statistics. The indices for 2018 are still preliminary. They are based on the effects of agreements and the wage drift. In addition, the data on performance-based bonuses of the Labour Cost Index are used to assess performance-based bonuses in the calculation of the preliminary indices of the index of wage and salary earnings.


Source: Index of wage and salary earnings 2018, 3rd quarter. Statistics Finland

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Updated 15.10.2018

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Index of wage and salary earnings [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-7814. 3rd quarter 2018. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 14.10.2019].
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