Statistics: Wage growth stalled across Estonia during second quarter ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

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In the second quarter of 2020, the average monthly gross wage and salary was €1,433, which is 1 percent higher than last year, data from statistics Estonia shows. The year-on-year growth has not been as modest for ten years.

In the second quarter of 2020 - April, May and June - the average monthly gross wages and salaries were highest in Harju County at €1,574 euros and Tartu County at €1,451 and lowest in Valga County at €1,103 and Hiiu at €1,025 county.

Year-on-year, wages and salaries increased the most in Hiiu and Võru counties by 5.6 percent each, but declined the most in Lääne county which saw a 9.6 percent drop.

Average monthly gross wages and salaries and its change, 1st quarter 2017 – 2nd quarter 2020. Source: Statistics Estonia.

By sector, the average monthly gross wages and salaries were highest in information and communication (€2,564), financial and insurance activities (€2,499) and energy (€2,118).

Compared to the second quarter of 2019, the average monthly gross wages and salaries increased the most in the energy sector (10.7 percent) and decreased the most in wholesale and retail trade (11.9 percent).

Statistics Estonia's analyst Karina Valma said: "When in the first quarter of this year, there was one economic activity where the average monthly gross wages and salaries decreased year on year (in trade by 8.7 percent), in the second quarter, wages decreased in almost half of the economic activities."

Average monthly gross wages and salaries by economic activity, 2nd quarter, 2019-2020. Source: Statistics Estonia.

The average monthly gross wages and salaries were highest in state institutions and enterprises at €1,858 euros and the average in enterprises owned by foreign private entities was €1,754.

Compared to the second quarter of the previous year, gross wages and salaries increased the most in enterprises owned by foreign private entities (4.1 percent) and declined the most in enterprises owned by Estonian private entities (2.1 percent). 

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Editor: Helen Wright

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