Data on population earnings are used to estimate average monthly wages and salaries (gross and net), personal income of persons working in private and public sector, average amount of old-age pensions received by persons registered with the social insurance institutions, and complete minimum consumer basket of goods and services per capita.

Definitions

The average monthly gross wages and salaries are estimated by dividing the gross or calculated wage and salary fund by the average number of employees at full-time units.

The calculated gross wage and salary fund comprises basic wage and salary (monthly wage, post wage), remuneration for time worked or the amount of work done, regular and irregular additional payments and bonuses,earnings related to over-time, payment for the annual and supplementary vacations, additional payment for vacation, holiday allowances, compensation for the vacation not used, sick pay (sick-leave certificate A), payment for public holidays and other days not worked, social security compulsory contributions paid by the employees and personal income tax, as well as labour remuneration subsidies.

The complete minimum consumer basket of goods and services represents the amount of goods and services that meet the needs of the minimum level of living standards accepted by society. This is the minimum consumption standard the value of which varies according to changes in consumer prices.

Net wage is the amount calculated by deducting the mandatory social contributions payable by employees and personal income tax from the gross wage.

State pensions are divided into several categories: old-age pensions; disability pensions; survivor’s pensions; service pensions; pensions under special regulations.

Old-age pensions – persons, who have reached the retirement age determined by the law and whose insurance period is not shorter than 15 years, are entitled to receive the old-age pension.

Disability pension – persons, who have not reached the retirement age determined by the law, whose disability has been established, and whose insurance period is not shorter than three years and reside in Latvia, are entitled to receive the disability pension. The disability pension is paid until the person reaches the retirement age.

Survivor’s pension – provided the breadwinner has been an insured person, his or her children and other dependent family members considered incapable of work are entitled to receive the survivor’s pension.

Service pension – persons having an occupation, in which after a certain period of time further work is connected with the loss of professional skills or social danger, are entitled to receive the service pension.

Pensions under special regulations – all Chernobyl NPP accident workers and their family members are entitled to receive pensions under special regulations.

Private sector includes commercial companies with central or local government capital participation up to 50%, commercial companies of all types without central or local government capital participation, individual merchants, and peasant and fishermen farms with 50 and more employees.

Public sector is central and local government institutions and their commercial companies, commercial companies with central or local government capital participation 50% and over, foundations, associations, funds and their commercial companies.

State support in the form of money payments, which are received by the persons belonging to the certain groups of inhabitants in situations, when additional expenditures are necessary, or when these persons cannot receive income, and when a compensation from the state social security system is not provided.

Data availability

Dissemination format and Release Calendar

Theme Reference period Planned release datesort icon Remarks
Household disposable income
  • 2016
19.12.2017
National minimum monthly wage and salary
  • January 2018
02.01.2018
National minimum monthly wage and salary
  • 1st quarter 2018
02.01.2018
National minimum monthly wage and salary
  • February 2018
02.01.2018
National minimum monthly wage and salary
  • March 2018
02.01.2018

Publications

Download CSB publications on various time periods (starting from 2007) in section E-publications and subscribe for paper publications in section Publications.

Data on population earnings are published also in the statistical yearbooks and in the monthly bulletins.

Theme Title Release datesort icon ZIP/PDF
General Statistics Key socio-economic indicators in the Baltic states 23.01.2018
General Statistics Key socio-economic indicators in the Baltic states 27.12.2017
General Statistics Key socio-economic indicators in the Baltic states 2017/10 23.11.2017
General Statistics Key socio-economic indicators in the Baltic states 2017/09 23.10.2017
General Statistics Key socio-economic indicators in the Baltic states 2017/08 25.09.2017
General Statistics Key socio-economic indicators in the Baltic states 2017/07 23.08.2017
General Statistics Key socio-economic indicators in the Baltic states 2017/06 24.07.2017
General Statistics Key socio-economic indicators in the Baltic states 2017/05 26.06.2017
General Statistics Key socio-economic indicators in the Baltic states 2017/04 23.05.2017
General Statistics Latvia. Statistics in brief, 2017 08.05.2017
General Statistics Key socio-economic indicators in the Baltic states 2017/03 24.04.2017
General Statistics Key socio-economic indicators in the Baltic states, 2017/02 23.03.2017
General Statistics Statistical yearbook of Latvia, 2016 24.02.2017
General Statistics Key socio-economic indicators in the Baltic states 23.02.2017
General Statistics Monthly bulletin of Latvian statistics 2016/12 08.02.2017

Customised data sets

If you would like to obtain statistical data that are not available in publications or in the CSB online data base, please send us an information request:
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 - e-mail: info [at] csb [dot] gov [dot] lv;
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Data collection

Survey method and Source data

Data on population earnings are acquired with the help of several CSB surveys:

Data revision

The published data are final and are not revised.

Comparability

Comparability over time

Data are comparable since 1995.

International comparability

International Monetary Fund

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on its website provides a methodological description of labour remuneration including a description in SDDS format:

http://dsbb.imf.org/

State Social Insurance Agency

State Social Insurance Agency (SSIA) compiles and publishes on its website monthly data on benefits, pensions and the number of pensions broken down by size:

http://www.vsaa.gov.lv/

Confidentiality

Confidentiality of the information provided by respondents is protected by the Section 17 of the Statistics Law stipulating rights and obligations of the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia and other state authorities producing official statistics. Read more

Contact persons on methodology

Name Surname Phone number Position Email
Lija Luste 67366917 daļas vadītājs Lija.Luste@csb.gov.lv

Name Surname Phone number Position Email
Lidija Spārīte 67366998 daļas vadītājs Lidija.Sparite@csb.gov.lv

Last update

30.01.2013

Average and real monthly wages and salaries

Minimum consumer basket

Number of pension, state social benefit and allowance recipients, pension and benefit amounts

Explanation of symbols

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Magnitude zero

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Less than half of the unit employed

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Data not available or too uncertain for presentation

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Figure not applicable because column heading and stub line make entry impossible, absurd or meaningless

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Data not released for confidentiality reasons

If data are absolute numbers

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Magnitude zero