Wages and salaries and labour costs

In the 2nd quarter, the number of job vacancies increased

news release no 97

According to Statistics Estonia, in the 2nd quarter of 2018, there were approximately 11,400 job vacancies in the enterprises, institutions and organisations of Estonia. Compared to the 1st quarter of 2018, the number of job vacancies increased by 8%. However, compared to the 2nd quarter of 2017, the number of job vacancies decreased by 5%. The number of job vacancies has exceeded 10,000 since the 1st quarter of 2017.

The rate of job vacancies by economic activity, 2nd quarter, 2017–2018

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In the 2nd quarter, the growth of average wages and salaries slowed down

news release no 88

According to Statistics Estonia, in the 2nd quarter of 2018, the average monthly gross wages and salaries were 1,321 euros, having increased by 6.4% compared to the 2nd quarter of 2017. The year-on-year growth in average monthly gross wages and salaries was 1.3 percentage points slower than in the previous quarter.

Average monthly gross wages and salaries per employee and the change by economic activity, 2nd quarter, 2017–2018

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Highest average monthly gross wages in information and communication

Eesti Statistika Kvartalikiri. 2/18. Quarterly Bulletin of Statistics Estonia (p. 20)
Jaan Õmblus

2017 was a good year for employees. The average monthly gross wages and salaries increased by 6.5% year on year to 1,221 euros, having amounted to 1,146 euros a year earlier. On average, an employee received an additional 75 euros per month in 2017. A year earlier, the average monthly gross wages and salaries increased by 7.6%, denoting an increase in average wages from 1,065 euros to 1,146 euros – a nominal increase of 81 euros per month.

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The number of job vacancies at the level of previous quarter

news release no 67

According to Statistics Estonia, there were nearly 10,600 job vacancies in the enterprises, institutions and organisations of Estonia in the 1st quarter of 2018. The number of job vacancies did not change compared to the previous quarter but decreased by 6% compared to the 1st quarter of 2017. The number of job vacancies has exceeded 10,000 in the past five quarters.

Rate of job vacancies by economic activity, 1st quarter, 2017–2018

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In the 1st quarter, the average wages and salaries were 1,242 euros

news release no 59

According to Statistics Estonia, in the 1st quarter of 2018, the average monthly gross wages and salaries were 1,242 euros, having increased by 7.7% compared to the 1st quarter of 2017. The year-on-year growth in average monthly gross wages and salaries was 0.2 percentage points higher than in the previous quarter.

Average monthly gross wages and salaries per employee and the change by economic activity, 1st quarter, 2017–2018

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The gender pay gap remained at the level of previous year

news release no 53

According to Statistics Estonia, in October 2017, the average gross hourly earnings of female employees were 20.9% lower than the average gross hourly earnings of male employees. After three years of decrease, the gender pay gap remained at the same level as in the previous year.

The difference between the gross hourly earnings of female and male employees, 2017

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In the 4th quarter, the number of job vacancies decreased

news release no 29

According to Statistics Estonia, there were nearly 10,600 job vacancies in the enterprises, institutions and organisations of Estonia in the 4th quarter of 2017. Compared to the previous quarter, when the number of job vacancies was at its highest in recent years, in the 4th quarter, the number of job vacancies decreased 17%. Compared to the 4th quarter of 2016, the number of job vacancies increased also 17%.

Rate of job vacancies by economic activity, 4th quarter, 2016–2017

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In 2017, the average monthly gross wages and salaries were 1,221 euros

news release no 23
The news release was corrected on 07.03.2018. Please consider the text marked in red as correct.

According to Statistics Estonia, in 2017, the average monthly gross wages and salaries were 1,221 euros; compared to 2016, the average monthly gross wages and salaries increased 6.5%. The annual average monthly gross wages and salaries increased in almost all economic activities. The average monthly gross wages and salaries were the highest in the 2nd and 4th quarters.

Average monthly gross wages and salaries per employee and their change by economic activity, 2016–2017

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In the 3rd quarter, the number of job vacancies increased

news release no 131

According to Statistics Estonia, in the 3rd quarter of 2017, there were approximately 12,700 job vacancies in the enterprises, institutions and organisations of Estonia. This is the highest number of job vacancies in recent years.

Rate of job vacancies by economic activity, 3rd quarter, 2016–2017

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In the 3rd quarter, year-over-year growth in average wages and salaries continued to accelerate

news release no 124

According to Statistics Estonia, in the 3rd quarter of 2017, the average monthly gross wages and salaries were 1,201 euros, having increased 7.4% compared to the 3rd quarter of 2016. The year-over-year growth in wages and salaries accelerated for the second consecutive quarter.

Average monthly gross wages and salaries per employee and change by economic activity, 3rd quarter, 2016–2017

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