On changes of wages and salaries in the 3rd quarter of 2009

01.12.2009

Average monthly gross wages and salaries in the country in 3rd quarter of 2009 comprised LVL 456. And it is LVL 17 or 3.6% less if compared to the 2nd quarter, according to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB).

In public sector wages and salaries during this period reduced by LVL 39 or by 7.2%, but in private sector - by LVL 3 or by 0.7%.

Compared to the 3rd quarter of 2008 monthly average gross wages and salaries in the country decreased by 6.4% (from LVL 487 to LVL 456), in public sector – by 13.3% (from LVL 573 to LVL 497), but un private sector – by 3.7% (from LVL 447 to LVL 430).

Average monthly gross wages and salaries be sectors (LVL)


1st quarter of 2008

2nd quarter of 2008

3rd quarter of 2008

1st quarter of 2009

2nd quarter of 2009

3rd quarter of 2009

Changes of 3rd quarter 2009 as % of 2nd quarter 2009

Changes of 3rd quarter 2009 as % of 3rd quarter 2008

Total

453

477

487

469

473

456

-3.6

-6.4

Private sector

422

435

447

440*

433*

430

-0.7

-3.7

Public sector

520

567

573

518*

535*

497

-7.2

-13.3

Of which:

General government sector

501

546

551

489

509

460

-9.6

-16.6

 

Number of employees, recalculated at full time units used to calculate monthly average wages and salaries, in the 3rd quarter of this year, if compared to the 2nd quarter, has reduced by 52.3 thsd or by 7.2%, but fund of wages and salaries - by LVL 108.9 mln or by 10.5%.

Compared to the 3rd quarter of 2008, number of employees diminished by 236.1 thsd or by 25.9%, but fund of wages and salaries – by LVL 408.3 mln or by 30.6%.

Compared to the corresponding period of last year, the most notable reduction of monthly average gross wages and salaries in the 3rd quarter of this year was recorded in such sectors as public administration and defence; compulsory social security – by 21.5%, arts, entertainment and recreation – by 16.3%, human health and social work activities  – by 13.2%, education – by 10.2%, as well as electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply – by 9.8%.

Changes of average monthly gross wages and salaries in breakdown by economic activities are the following:

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


Average monthly gross wages and salaries (LVL)

Average number of employees in full-time units, thsd

3rd quarter of 2008

3rd quarter of 2009

Changes of 3rd quarter 2009 as % of 3rd quarter 2008

3rd quarter of 2008

3rd quarter of 2009

Changes of 3rd quarter 2009 as % of 3rd quarter 2008

Total

487

456

-6.4

913.2

677.0

-25.9

Agriculture, forestry and fishing

431

398

-7.7

19.5

15.9

-18.8

Mining and quarrying

515

510

-0.9

3.0

2.8

-6.6

Manufacturing

428

408

-4.6

128.6

85.7

-33.4

Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply

727

656

-9.8

14.0

12.2

-12.4

Water supply; sewerage, waste management, and remediation activities

471

449

-4.7

8.3

6.7

-19.6

Construction

461

430

-6.7

84.8

42.6

-49.8

Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

403

375

-6.7

173.8

122.3

-29.6

Transport and storage

505

500

-0.9

72.2

58.0

-19.6

Accommodation and food service activities

301

285

-5.3

29.1

17.9

-38.5

Information and communication

775

781

0.7

19.3

15.4

-20.2

Financial and insurance activities

976

948

-2.9

22.6

18.6

-17.5

Real estate activities

390

374

-4.1

26.8

21.3

-20.6

Professional, scientific and technical activities

580

560

-3.5

31.3

22.3

-28.7

Administrative and support service activities

428

404

-5.4

29.0

21.5

-25.7

Public administration and defence; compulsory social security

699

549

-21.5

70.0

61.1

-12.7

Education

478

429

-10.2

92.2

80.5

-12.7

Human health and social work activities

494

429

-13.2

52.1

45.8

-12.1

Arts, entertainment and recreation

448

375

-16.3

24.1

18.5

-23.2

 

Data on the Baltic States shows that in the 3rd quarter of 2009, compared to the same period of previous year, average monthly gross wages and salaries continue to decrease. The most notable reduction was observed in Lithuania – 7.7% (from EUR 672 to EUR 620), in Latvia – 6.4% (from EUR 693 to EUR 648), Estonia – 5.9% (from EUR 800 to EUR 752).


More information on wages and salaries in Latvia can be found in the data bases of the CSB, as well as in the informative leaflet “Changes of wages and salaries in the 3rd quarter of 2009” which will be published in the middle of December.

 

Prepared by the Wage Statistics Section
Ervins Rekke
Tel. 67366666

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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.

Absolute changes and changes in per cent are calculated from not rounded up data (wages and salaries with santims) or data not converted into thousands or millions.

* Data are revised.