On changes of wages and salaries in 2010 and 4th quarter of 2010

02.03.2011

Compared to 2009, monthly average gross wages and salaries in country in 2010 decreased from LVL 461 to 445 or by 3.5%, according to the data of Central Statistical Bureau (CSB). In public sector reduction comprised 6.8% (from LVL 505 to 470), of which in general government sector – 8.2% (from LVL 472 to 433) and in private sector – 1.4% (from LVL 433 to 427).

Compared to the year before, average net wages and salaries in 2010 reduced more rapidly than gross wages and salaries – by 7.5% (from LVL 342 to LVL 316), and it may be explained with the fact that starting from January 1, 2010 population income tax rate grew from 23% to 26%, as well as on July 1, 2009 amount of monthly basic allowance reduced from LVL 90 to LVL 35.

In 4th quarter of 2010 average gross wages and salaries in the country comprised LVL 455, and it is LVL 7 or 1.5% more than in the 3rd quarter.

In public sector during this period wages and salaries grew by 2.5% (from LVL 475 to 487), but in private sector – by 0.7% (from LVL 430 to 433).

Compared to the 4th quarter of 2009, monthly average gross wages and salaries in the country increased by 3.4% (from LVL 440 to LVL 455), in public sector – by 5.1% (from LVL 463 to LVL 487), but in private sector – by 2.1% (from LVL 424 to LVL 433).

Average monthly gross wages and salaries by sectors (LVL)

 

2009

4th qtr 2009

2010

1st qtr 2010

2nd qtr 2010

3rd qtr 2010

 

4th qtr 2010

Changes of 2010

 as % of 2009

 

Changes of 4th qtr 2010 as % of  4th qtr 2009

Total

461

440

445

432*

444

448*

455

-3.5

3.4

Private sector

433

424

427

421

423

430

433

-1.4

2.1

Public sector

505

463

470

446

474

475

487

-6.8

5.1

of which:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General government sector

472

420

433

410

436

438

448

-8.2

6.7

Compared to 2009 monthly average gross wages and salaries in 2010 witnessed the most significant reduction in education sector – 10.7%, in public administration – 9.0% as well as in construction – 5.3%. Increase during this time period was observed in other service activities, there wages and salaries grew by 6.6%, in agriculture, forestry and fishing growth comprised 5.8%, as well as in electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply – 5.5%.

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

 

2009

2009

4th qtr 2009

2010

1st qtr 2010*

 

2nd qtr 2010*

 

3rd qtr 2010*

4th qtr 2010

Changes of 2010

 as % of 2009

 

Changes of 4th qtr 2010 as % of  4th qtr  2009

Total

461

440

445

432

444

448

455

-3.5

3.4

Agriculture, forestry and fishing

392

392

415

392

403

424

438

5.8

11.7

Mining and quarrying

503

524

509

513

503

500

522

1.0

-0.3

Manufacturing

405

396

406

391

403

412

415

0.1

4.9

Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply

614

608

647

575

639

739

643

5.5

5.9

Water supply; sewerage, waste management, and remediation activities

450

440

453

429

451

454

476

0.5

8.1

Construction

441

439

418

426

405

418

422

-5.3

-3.8

Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

384

367

368

364

365

370

374

-4.0

2.0

Transport and storage

498

485

499

484

511

497

504

0.2

4.0

Accommodation and food service activities

284

280

285

275

286

291

287

0.1

2.2

Information and communication

791

807

760

752

733

752

803

-4.0

-0.5

Financial and insurance activities

968

932

929

920

949

927

920

-4.1

-1.3

Real estate activities

374

373

368

363

369

369

372

-1.5

-0.3

Professional, scientific and technical activities

570

570

582

561

571

586

606

2.1

6.5

Administrative and support service activities

418

420

420

405

419

414

441

0.5

4.9

Public administration and defence; compulsory social security

561

510

512

500

509

516

522

-9.0

1.8

Education

439

370

391

362

397

398

409

-10.7

10.7

Human health and social work activities

440

410

420

402

421

418

437

-4.6

6.4

Arts, entertainment and recreation

385

371

369

368

369

366

373

-4.5

0.0

Other service activities

461

440

353

349

348

358

356

6.6

2.2

 

 

Changes of average gross monthly wages and salaries in Baltic States over the corresponding period of previous year (per cent)

In the Baltic States the highest monthly average gross wages and salaries in the 4th quarter of 2010 were recorded in Estonia – EUR 814, in Latvia – EUR 647 and in Lithuania - EUR 614. Compared to the 4th quarter of 2009, average gross wages and salaries have increased in all Baltic States – the most rapid growth was recorded in Estonia and Latvia – 3.9% and 3.4%, respectively, but in Lithuania increase comprised 0.2%.

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 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.


* Data are revised.