Monthly earnings up NOK 1 700
Labour market and earnings
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Earnings in business services1 September 2010

The 2015 wage statistics for all industrial sections and various areas in the public sector will be released collectively on 3 March 2016 in the statistics Earnings of all employees.



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Monthly earnings up NOK 1 700

Full-time employees in administrative and support service activities had average monthly earnings of NOK 33 200 as of 1 September 2010. This was a year-on-year increase of 5.4 per cent, or NOK 1 700.

Administrative and support service activities is a section of the international industrial classification that is composed of several different divisions, and average monthly earnings vary accordingly. Employment activities, which includes temporary staff recruitment agencies, is the division that employs the largest proportion of people, and had average monthly earnings of NOK 31 400, up 4 per cent. The highest earnings were in rental and leasing activities, with NOK 40 500. In contrast, the lowest were in cleaning activities, at NOK 29 100.

4 per cent growth in employment activities

Full-time employees in employment activities had an increase in monthly earnings of 4 per cent. Clerks constitute a large proportion of the employees in this division, such as secretaries and bookkeepers. For this occupational group the earnings rise was 1.6 per cent, from NOK 25 600 to NOK 26 000. Associate professionals and technicians had an increase of 8.6 per cent, and senior officials and managers 5.8 per cent.

Up 4.4 per cent for travel consultants

Most associate professionals working in travel agencies are travel consultants. They had monthly earnings of NOK 30 600, up 4.4 per cent. Clerks in this division had NOK 30 100 and managers NOK 51 900.

7.2 per cent in security and investigation activities

Security and investigation activities, which includes security guards, had a year-on-year increase in monthly earnings of 7.2 per cent. Earnings for security guards increased from NOK 25 300 to NOK 27 900, or 10.3 per cent. The corresponding increase from 2008 to 2009 was 1.6 per cent.

About the statistical basis

The statistics are based on information from a sample of enterprises which cover a total of 32 760 full-time employees and 27 013 part-time employees. According to the Norwegian Central Register of Enterprises and Establishments as per September 2010, administrative and support service activities comprise in total 108 500 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.