Wages and salaries and labour costs

The gender pay gap decreased for the third year in a row

news release no 45

According to Statistics Estonia, in October 2016, the average gross hourly earnings of female employees were 20.9% lower than the average gross hourly earnings of male employees. The gender pay gap decreased by 1.3 percentage points compared to the previous year. The gender pay gap decreased by 1.3 percentage points for the third year in a row.

The difference between the gross hourly earnings of female and male employees, 2016

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In the 4th quarter of 2016, there were nearly 9,000 job vacancies

news release no 30

According to Statistics Estonia, there were nearly 9,000 job vacancies in the enterprises, institutions and organisations of Estonia in the 4th quarter of 2016. Compared to the 3rd quarter, when the number of job vacancies reached a 7-year high, in the 4th quarter, the number of job vacancies decreased by 18%. Compared to the 4th quarter of 2015, the number of job vacancies increased by 37%.

Rate of job vacancies by economic activity, 4th quarter, 2015–2016

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In 2016, the average monthly gross wages and salaries were 1,146 euros

news release no 24

According to Statistics Estonia, in 2016, the average monthly gross wages and salaries were 1,146 euros; compared to 2015, the average monthly gross wages and salaries increased by 7.6%. The annual average monthly gross wages and salaries increased in all economic activities. The monthly gross wages and salaries were highest in the 4th quarter.

Average monthly gross wages and salaries and their change by economic activity, 2015–2016

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In the 3rd quarter, the number of job vacancies reached a record high of 11,000

news release no 136

According to Statistics Estonia, there were about 11,000 job vacancies in the enterprises, institutions and organisations of Estonia in the 3rd quarter of 2016. The number of job vacancies reached a 7-year high, having increased by 16% compared to the previous quarter and by 25% compared to the 3rd quarter of 2015.

Diagram: Rate of job vacancies by economic activity, 3rd quarter, 2015–2016

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In the 3rd quarter, the rise in average wages and salaries continued to decelerate

news release no 128

According to Statistics Estonia, in the 3rd quarter of 2016, the average monthly gross wages and salaries were 1,119 euros. Compared to the 3rd quarter of 2015, the average monthly gross wages and salaries increased 7.1%. The year-over-year growth in average monthly gross wages and salaries was slightly slower than in the previous quarter.

Diagram: Average monthly gross wages and salaries and their change by economic activity

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