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NOK 1 100 more for wage earners

Average monthly earnings for all employees, excluding overtime pay, were NOK 35 200 in the third quarter of 2009. This was a year-on-year increase of NOK 1 100, or 3.2 per cent.

Full-time employees had average monthly earnings of NOK 36 600; a rise of NOK 1 200 or 3.4 per cent from 2008. The corresponding figures for part-time employees were 3.5 per cent and NOK 1 000, up to NOK 29 300.

To facilitate the comparison of the wages between full-time and part-time employees, the wages of the part-time employees are transformed to full-time equivalents, i.e., what they would have earned if they had been full-time employees.

The public sector

Average monthly earnings of employees in the public sector rose by 3.6 per cent, to NOK 34 200, whereas the corresponding rise for the private sector was 3.2 per cent, to NOK 35 700.

Employees in municipalities and county municipalities experienced wage escalations of 3.8 per cent, or NOK 1 200, which resulted in average wages in 2009 of NOK 32 600. For employees in the central government, the growth was 2.8 per cent, i.e. up NOK 1 000 to NOK 36 100.

Growth in the private sector differed greatly by industry. Wages in the oil and gas extraction industry increased by 8.5 per cent from 2008 to 2009, to a level of NOK 56 400. In contrast, wages in the financial industry decreased from NOK 48 500 to NOK 46 700, mainly due to a decrease in bonus payments.

Small changes in the wage gender gap

Women had average monthly earnings of NOK 32 000, whereas men had NOK 37 800. This was an increase of 3.9 and 3 per cent respectively. Women’s wages as a proportion of men’s wages climbed from 83,91 per cent in 2008 to 84,71 per cent in 2009.

Seen in a European perspective, the wage gender gap in Norway is slightly smaller than in the European Union. For the EU, the gap is 18 per cent in 2008, for Germany it was 23 per cent, and for Finland it was 20 per cent. Figures for 2009 are not yet available for countries other than Norway.

About the statistical basis

The statistics are based on information from a sample of enterprises with a total of 1 561 174 employees in the third quarter of 2009. The sample covers all industries except for agriculture, hunting and forestry. The data for these statistics have not been collected separately, but through previously published statistics for the individual industries. According to figures from the national accounts for the third quarter of 2009, the statistics cover about 2 262 000 employees. The figures for 2008 have been revised.

1  Corrected 01. June at 11.20