Inquiry on local government sector wages and salaries

Description of the data collection

Statistics Finland collects wage and salary data on local government sector employees every year. The inquiry concerns the data for October and they are used for producing statistics on branch-specific wages and salaries, structural statistics on wages and salaries and the index of wage and salary earnings. The content of the inquiry is kept similar every year so that the data will retain their comparability.

Data are collected for the use of both Statistics Finland and the Local Government and County Employers KT. Provisions on the right of KT to receive data are laid down in the act on arranging representation of employer interests in local government and wellbeing services counties.

From whom are data collected?

The obligation to provide data is based on the Statistics Act (280/2004). The Statistics Act obliges Statistics Finland to treat the data as confidential. The data can be released for statistical and research purposes for municipalities, joint municipal boards and organisations without identification information on individuals or employers. By virtue of Section 15 of the Statistics Act, Statistics Finland has the right to collect personal data, such as income data.

Notwithstanding the obligation to secrecy prescribed in the Act on the Openness of Government Activities, the Local Government and County Employers KT has the right to receive from its member communities data necessary for the performance of the tasks laid down in Section 3 of Act 630/2021.

Data processing

Municipalities and joint municipal boards can submit the wage and salary data on their monthly and hourly paid employees to Statistics Finland either by file transfer or with electronic forms through the Internet service. Supplying data through these pages is totally free and data protected. All communication is encrypted on the same level as web banking.

What are the data used for?

The data on establishments are also used in labour market statistics and in the Register of Enterprises and Establishments.

Labour market organisations use the results of the inquiry in collective bargaining and other representation of interests.

How often are data collected?