On changes of wages in the 1st quarter of 2009

29.05.2009

Monthly average gross wages and salaries in the country in 1st quarter of 2009 comprised LVL 469, according to the data of Central Statistical Bureau. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2008 wages and salaries reduced by 6.2%, but in comparison with the first quarter of previous year wages and salaries in the country still continue to grow - by 3.5%.

Compared to the first quarter of 2008 growth of wages and salaries in private sector in first three months of 2009 comprised 5.1% (from LVL 422 to LVL 444), but in public sector wages and salaries reduced by 1.4% (from LVL 520 to LVL 512).

Average monthly gross wages and salaries by sectors (LVL)

1st quarter 2008

2nd quarter 2008

3rd quarter 2008

4th quarter 2008

1st quarter 2009

Changes of 1st quarter 2009 as % of 4th quarter 2008

Changes of 1st quarter 2009 as % of 1st quarter 2008

Total

453

477

487

500

469

-6.2

3.5

Public sector

520

567

573

607

512

-15.7

-1.4

Private sector

422

435

447

447

444

-0.6

5.1


It should be noted that number of employees for which wages and salaries were calculated has decreased. Compared to the first quarter of previous year the number of employees recalculated in full-time units, which are used for the calculations of average monthly wages and salaries, in the first quarter of this year reduced by 125.8 thsd or by 13.9%. Fund of wages and salaries during this period diminished by LVL 134.0 mln or by 10.9%, but compared to the fourth quarter of previous year – by LVL 227.3 mln or by 17.2%.

Changes of average monthly gross wages and salaries according to new classification of economic activities are the following:

Average monthly gross wages and salaries by kind of economic activity
(LVL; according to NACE Rev. 2 classification)

1st quarter2008

4th quarter 2008

1st quarter2009

Changes of 1st quarter 2009 as % of 4th quarter 2008

Changes of 1st quarter 2009 as % of 1st quarter 2008

Total

453

500

469

-6.2

3.5

Agriculture, forestry and fishing

392

411

388

-5.4

-0.9

Mining and quarrying

489

544

469

-13.9

-4.1

Manufacturing

390

423

406

-4.0

4.1

Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply

575

657

579

-11.9

0.7

Water supply; sewerage, waste management, and remediation activities

428

511

452

-11.6

5.4

Construction

418

458

454

-0.9

8.7

Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

381

401

398

-0.8

4.2

Transport and storage

461

526

497

-5.5

7.8

Accommodation and food service activities

284

288

281

-2.4

-0.9

Information and communication

781

808

812

0.5

3.9

Financial and insurance activities

1124

1043

1046

0.3

-6.9

Real estate activities

365

396

370

-6.6

1.3

Professional, scientific and technical activities

532

582

559

-3.9

5.0

Administrative and support service activities

399

448

423

-5.7

6.1

Public administration and defence; compulsory social security

637

686

588

-14.3

-7.6

Education

431

569

458

-19.5

6.2

Human health and social work activities

461

502

449

-10.6

-2.5

Arts, entertainment and recreation

417

451

395

-12.5

-5.4

Other service activities

276

308

321

4.3

16.3


What regards the Baltic States it should be noted that, compared to the first quarter of previous year gross wages and salaries in Estonia in first quarter of 2009 reduced by 1.5%, but in Latvia and Lithuania there was a slight increase of wages and salaries – by 3.5% and by 1.9%, respectively.

Average gross monthly wages and salaries in Baltic States (EUR)

More information on wages and salaries in Latvia may be found in the data base of the Central Statistical Bureau.

Prepared by the Wage Statistics Section
Ervins Rekke
Tel. 67366666

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1) Public sector is state and local government commercial companies, as well as companies with state or local government part of capital 50% and more, foundations, associations and funds, and their commercial activities. Data on foundations, associations and funds and their commercial activities are not included in information.