On changes of wages and salaries in 2011 and 4th quarter of 2011

02.03.2012

The average monthly gross wages and salaries in the country in 2011 comprised LVL 464, and it is LVL 19 or 4.4% more than in 2010, according to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB). In public sector the increase comprised 4.7% (from LVL 470 to LVL 493), of which in general government sector – 4.9% (from LVL 433 to LVL 454) and in private sector – 4.6% (from LVL 427 to LVL 447).

The average net wages and salaries grew by 4.5% (from LVL 316 to LVL 330). Taking into account the consumer price growth of 4.4%, the real increase of net wages and salaries comprised 0.1%.

In the 4th quarter of 2011 the average monthly gross wages and salaries in the country comprised LVL 475, and, compared to the corresponding period of the year before, the increase constituted 4.5% (from LVL 455 to LVL 475). The growth of the average monthly wages and salaries in the public sector during the year comprised 4.0% (from LVL 487 to LVL 507), of which in general government sector – 3.4% (from LVL 448 to 463), whereas in private sector - 5.4% (from LVL 433 to LVL 457).

If compared to the 3rd quarter of 2011, the average monthly gross wages and salaries in the country in 4th quarter have increased by LVL 8 or 1.8%. In public sector wages and salaries during this period grew by 2.8% (from LVL 493 to LVL 507), whereas in private sector – by 1.1% (from LVL 452 to LVL 457).

Average monthly gross wages and salaries by sector (LVL)

 

2010

4th qtr 2010

 

2011

1st qtr 2011

2nd qtr 2011

3rd qtr 2011

4th qtr 2011

Changes, %

2011

over 2010

 

4th qtr 2011

over

4th qtr 2010

4th qtr 2011 over

3rd qtr 2011

Total

445

455

464

450

463*

467

475

4.4

4.5

1.8

Private sector

427

433

447

435

443

452

457

4.6

5.4

1.1

Public sector

470

487

493

474

497

493

507

4.7

4.0

2.8

of which:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General government sector

433

448

454

441

458

454

463

4.9

3.4

2.0

In comparison with 2010, a rise of wages and salaries in 2011 was recorded in all economic activities. The most rapid growth in the average monthly gross wages and salaries was observed in other service activities - of 8.8% (this section includes activities of hairdressing and other beauty treatment; activities of public and other organisations; physical well-being activities; repair of computers and personal and household goods; washing and dry-cleaning; funeral and related activities), in real estate activities – of 8.5%, in agriculture, forestry and fishing - of 8.2%, in public administration – of 6.8%, in water supply, sewerage, waste management, and remediation sector – of 6.3% and in trade – of 6.1%.

Monthly gross wages and salaries in manufacturing grew by 5.0%, whereas in construction – by 4.7%.

The lowest growth was recorded in transport and storage sector (of 1.0%), in professional, scientific and technical service activities (of 1.6%) and in mining and quarrying (of 1.9%).

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

 

2010

4th qtr 2010

2011

1st qtr 2011*

2nd qtr 2011*

3rd qtr 2011*

4th qtr 2011

Changes, %

2011

over 2010

 

4th qtr 2011 over

4th qtr 2010

4th qtr 2011 over

3rd qtr 2011

Total

445

455

464

450

463

467

475

4.4

4.5

1.8

Agriculture, forestry and fishing

415

438

449

423

438

462

470

8.2

7.3

1.7

Mining and quarrying

509

522

518

510

523

504

537

1.9

2.8

6.5

Manufacturing

406

415

426

409

422

432

440

5.0

6.0

1.9

Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply

647

643

668

622

672

741

642

3.2

-0.3

-13.4

Water supply; sewerage, waste management, and remediation activities

453

476

481

456

491

479

498

6.3

4.7

4.1

Construction

418

422

437

420

428

446

449

4.7

6.5

0.7

Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

368

374

391

379

390

394

401

6.1

7.1

1.7

Transport and storage

499

504

504

481

509

501

524

1.0

4.1

4.7

Accommodation and food service activities

285

287

300

296

299

307

298

5.4

4.0

-2.8

Information and communication

760

803

779

768

758

787

804

2.6

0.1

2.1

Financial and insurance activities

929

920

966

953

964

960

989

4.0

7.6

3.1

Real estate activities

368

372

399

397

397

400

404

8.5

8.5

1.0

Professional, scientific and technical activities

582

606

591

576

599

593

594

1.6

-2.1

0.1

Administrative and support service activities

420

441

429

418

425

432

441

2.1

0.0

2.1

Public administration and defence; compulsory social security

512

522

547

530

539

544

573

6.8

9.8

5.4

Education

391

409

401

394

410

399

400

2.5

-2.2

0.1

Health and social work

420

437

440

421

447

442

448

4.7

2.5

1.4

Arts, entertainment and recreation

369

373

388

377

397

386

392

5.2

5.0

1.6

Other service activities

353

356

383

376

372

386

399

8.8

12.1

3.3

In the 4th quarter of 2011, if compared to the corresponding period of 2010, the highest growth in wages and salaries among the Baltic States was recorded in Estonia – 6.3% (from EUR 814 to EUR 865). The increase in Latvia comprised 4.5% (from EUR 647 to EUR 676), whereas in Lithuania - 2.5% (from EUR 614 to EUR 630).

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

More information on wages and salaries in Latvia is available in the 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, commercial companies with central or local government capital participation 50% and over, as well as foundations, associations and funds, and their commercial companies. The information does not include the data on foundations, associations and funds and their commercial companies.

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

The changes of average monthly wages and salaries in percent are calculated as not rounded values, i.e., considering the value in santims.

* Data are revised.