Average monthly earnings up 2.3 per cent
Labour market and earnings
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Earnings in business services1 September 2009

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Average monthly earnings up 2.3 per cent

Full-time employees in business activities had average monthly earnings of NOK 31 500 as per 1 September 2009. This was a year-on-year increase of NOK 700, equivalent to 2.3 per cent.

Business activities is an industry that includes very different economic activities, and hence the monthly earnings vary a lot. The highest earnings are found in rental and leasing activities, at NOK 38 400, whereas the lowest are in industrial cleaning, at NOK 28 800.

Occupational groups

For the group of technicians and associate professionals, dominated by travel consultants, average monthly earnings amounted to NOK 29 300, which is 3.2 per cent higher than the year before. With regard to security guards employed in security and investigation activities, we find an increase from NOK 24 900 in 2008 to NOK 25 300 in 2009; equivalent to 1.6 per cent. Another occupation group of interest is clerks, such as secretaries and accountants, from the provision of personnel activities. The wages of this group increased by 4.9 per cent; from NOK 24 000 to NOK 25 000.

Part-time employees

Occupational groups from divisions such as provision of personnel activities, security and investigation activities and industrial cleaning contribute to a fair amount of part-time employees in the industry. In order to compare wages of full-time and part-time employees, wages of the latter are converted to full-time equivalents, i.e. their wages if they were working full-time. As a result, men in part-time positions earned NOK 24 600; that is NOK 8 200 less than full-time employees. For women, the corresponding difference is NOK 4 600 from the level of 24 900 for part-time employees.

Publications of wage statistics in 2009 apply a new standard industrial classification (SIC2007). Wage statistics 2008/2009 presented here are thus according to the new standard.

For more information about this, see http://www.ssb.no/vis/english/about_ssb/1gangspubl/art-2009-03-03-01-en.html

About the statistical basis

The statistics are based on information from a sample of enterprises which cover a total of 32 587 full-time employees and 23 986 part-time employees. According to the Norwegian Central Register of Enterprises and Establishments as per September 2009, business activities comprise in total 124 100 employees.

The term average monthly earnings is the main term in Statistics Norway's wage statistics. Monthly earnings cover basic salaries, variable additional allowances and bonuses. Payment for overtime work is not included, but is presented in the statistics separately.

The method for measuring increases in monthly earnings differs somewhat from that of calculating increases in annual earnings. Monthly earnings are compared at a specific date each year, while changes in annual earnings are measured from one calendar year to the next.

Structural changes within the industry along with the outcome of collective bargaining would have a certain effect on the wage increase being measured.