On changes of wages and salaries in 1st quarter of 2011

01.06.2011

Data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that the trend of growing wages and salaries observed previous year was recorded also at the beginning of this year.

In comparison with the 1st quarter of 2010, monthly average gross wages and salaries in the country in the 1st quarter of 2011 increased by LVL 20 or 4.6% and comprised LVL 452.Wages and salaries in public sector rose by 6.4% (from LVL 446 to 474), of which in general government sector by 7.6% (from LVL 410 to 441), but in private sector – by 3.6% (from LVL 421 to 436).

Net wages and salaries during this time period grew by 4.1% (from LVL 308 to 320).

In comparison with the 4th quarter of 2010, monthly average gross wages and salaries diminished by LVL 3 or by 0.7%.In public sector reduction of this period comprised 2.7% (from LVL 487 to 474), but in private sector wages and salaries increased by 0.7% (from LVL 433 to 436).

Average monthly gross wages and salaries by sectors (LVL)

 

1st quarter 2010

2nd quarter 2010

3rd quarter 2010

4th quarter 2010

1st quarter 2011

Changes of 1st quarter 2011 as % of 4th quarter 2010

Changes of 1st quarter 2011 as % of 1st quarter 2010

Total

432

444

448

455

452

-0.7

4.6

Private sector

421

423

430

433

436

0.7

3.6

Public sector

446

474

475

487

474

-2.7

6.4

of which:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General government sector

410

436

438

448

441

-1.5

7.6

In comparison with the corresponding period of previous year, the most notable growth of monthly average gross wages and salaries in the 1st quarter of 2011 was recorded in following sectors: education – 9.3%, other service activities and real estate activities – 8.7%, electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply as well as accommodation and food service activities – 8.1%, and agriculture, forestry and fishing – 7.1%.

Reduction of wages and salaries during this time period was observed in mining and quarrying (1.2%) as well as in transport and storage sector and construction (0.5%).

Growth of wages salaries in electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply was mainly influenced by the increase of irregular payments (mainly premiums), regular wages and salaries in this sector rose only by 0.9%.

Average monthly gross wages and salaries by main kind of economic activity (LVL)

 

1st quarter  2010

2nd quarter 2010

3rd quarter  2010

4th quarter 2010

1st quarter 2011

Changes of 1st quarter 2011 as % of 4th quarter 2010

 

Changes of 1st quarter 2011 as % of 1st quarter 2010

 

Total

432

444

448

455

452

-0.7

4.6

Agriculture, forestry and fishing

392

403

424

438

420

-4.0

7.1

Mining and quarrying

513

503

500

522

507

-2.9

-1.2

Manufacturing

391

403

412

415

409

-1.5

4.6

Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply

575

639

739

643

622

-3.4

8.1

Water supply; sewerage, waste management, and remediation activities

429

451

454

476

455

-4.5

5.9

Construction

426

405

418

422

424

0.5

-0.5

Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

364

365

370

374

380

1.7

4.4

Transport and storage

484

511

497

504

481

-4.5

-0.5

Accommodation and food service activities

275

286

291

287

297

3.6

8.1

Information and communication

752

733

752

803

787

-1.9

4.8

Financial and insurance activities

920

949

927

920

957

4.0

4.0

Real estate activities

363

369

369

372

394

5.9

8.7

Professional, scientific and technical activities

561

571

586

606

600

-1.1

6.9

Administrative and support service activities

405

419

414

441

421

-4.5

4.1

Public administration and defence; compulsory social security

500

509

516

522

530

1.5

5.9

Education

362

397

398

409

395

-3.2

9.3

Human health and social work activities

402

421

418

437

421

-3.6

4.8

Arts, entertainment and recreation

368

369

366

373

378

1.3

2.9

Other service activities

349

348

358

356

380

6.6

8.7

 

Changes of average number of employees at full time units1) and fund of gross wages and salaries by sectors
(as % of corresponding period of previous year)
Public sectorPrivate sector

1) Number of employees used for the calculations of average monthly gross wages and salaries.

Data on the Baltic States show that, if compared to the same period of previous year, average monthly gross wages and salaries in the 1st quarter of this year increased in all three countries.The most significant relative growth was recorded in Latvia, there average monthly gross wages and salaries rose by 4.6% (from EUR 614 to EUR 642), followed by Estonia with an increase of 4.5% (from EUR 758 to EUR 792), and Lithuania with 2.0% rise (from EUR 588 to EUR 600).

More information on wages and salaries in Latvia is available in CSB data base.

 

Prepared by the Wage Statistics Section
Lija Luste
Tel. 67366917


Explanations

Public sector is central and local government institutions and commercial companies, as well as companies with central or local government capital participation 50% and over, foundations, associations and funds, and their commercial companies. Data on foundations, associations and funds and their commercial activities are not included in information.

According to the European System of Accounts (ESA 95) the general government sector includes central and local government budgetary institutions, the social security fund and enterprises controlled and financed by central and local governments.