Employees by value of wages and salaries in October 2008

02.02.2009

Data of the survey* on breakdown of employees by value of gross wages sand salaries compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau show that, in October 2008 for each third employee (31.5%) calculated wages and salaries comprised LVL 200 to LVL 400. Wages and salaries accounting form LVL 200 and less received 23.7% employees, LVL 400-600 - 20.7% employees, LVL 600-800 – 11.5% employees and above LVL 800  – 12.5% employees.

Compared to previous survey on October 2007 the number of employees receiving less than LVL 200 has reduced by 84.9 thsd. Share of such employees in the total number of employees has diminished from 33.7% to 23.7%. In all the other groups of wages and salaries the share of employees receiving corresponding wages and salaries has grown.

Share of employees by groups of wages and salaries in October, %

In 2008 the number of employees receiving minimum monthly wages and salaries has slightly decreased. If in October 2007 minimum monthly wages and salaries (120 lats) were paid to 73.3 thsd employees or to 9.2% of the total number of employed, then in October 2008 minimum monthly wages and salaries (160 lats) received 70.1 thsd or 9.0%. The number of such employees in public sector has decreased by 0.4 thsd, but in private sector – by 2.8 thsd.

When examining the data in breakdown by economic activities it should be noted that, if compared to 2007 wages and salaries in group where employees receive LVL 200 and less the share and the number of employees has reduced in all economic activities. But in a group where wages and salaries comprise above LVL 800 the share of employees during this period witnessed the most notable growth in financial intermediation - from 28.6% to 39.7%, in electricity, gas and water supply - from 15.1% to 21.7%, in transport storage and communication sector - from 9.1% to 14.7%, as well as in education - from 5.1% to 14.8%.

61.9 thsd or 88.3% of the total number of employees in the country, which in October 2008 received minimum monthly wages and salaries, were working in private sector. Of which 87.4% were working in micro and small enterprises (with less than 50 employees). In medium-sized and big companies of private sector – with 50 and more employees – minimum monthly wages and salaries were paid to 7.8 thsd employees, and that represents only 12.6% of all employed in this group of enterprises.

In micro and small private companies the share of employees receiving wages and salaries under LVL 200 is significantly higher – 43.6%, but in medium-sized and big enterprises of private sector – 13.6%, in country totally – 23.7%, and in public sector – 10.2%.

Employees by monthly gross wages and salaries by sectors in October 2007 and 2008

(in per cent)

Groups of gross wages and salaries, LVL

Total in the country

of which:

Public sector

Of which:

Private sector

budgetary institutions

State and local government commercial companies

2007

2008

2007

2008

2007

2008

2007

2008

2007

2008

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

of which:

160.00 and less

23.4

9.0

10.8

3.2

12.5

3.6

6.2

1.5

29.2

12.0

160.01 - 200.00

10.4

14.7

8.7

7.0

9.0

8.0

7.7

4.7

11.1

18.6

200.01 - 300.00

16.7

18.6

16.2

15.2

14.6

15.0

19.5

15.4

16.9

20.3

300.01 - 400.00

13.1

13.0

17.5

14.6

16.8

14.6

19.3

14.9

11.1

12.1

400.01 - 500.00

10.9

11.8

14.8

16.1

14.9

16.1

14.8

16.3

9.1

9.7

500.01 - 600.00

7.8

8.8

11.4

12.6

12.0

12.0

10.3

14.1

6.2

7.0

600.01 - 800.00

9.0

11.5

12.1

16.4

12.7

16.8

11.0

15.9

7.6

9.1

800.01 - 1000.00

4.0

5.8

4.3

7.9

3.7

7.8

5.4

8.3

3.8

4.8

1000.00 and more

4.7

6.7

4.4

7.0

3.7

6.1

5.8

9.0

4.9

6.5

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

*Survey includes commercial companies, individual merchants, institutions, foundations, unions and funds. Full time employed, which have worked full October, and which wages or salaries were not influenced by their absence, were surveyed.

Wages and salaries are shown as gross wages and salaries calculated – before taxes. Wages and salaries do not include irregular payments – i.e., expenses not calculated on regular bases each month, e.g., quarter bonuses, additional payments to holidays, holiday allowance.

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.

In specific cases, due to the specifics of electronic data processing and figure round up, in the tables slight differences between the total amount and sum of items are possible.

Prepared by the Wages Statistics Section
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