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Salaries rose sharply between 1997-2006, but so did earnings gaps

The average gross monthly salary in Slovak companies between 1997-2006 rose by 96 percent to stand at Sk19,774 (€582) at the end of the period, while average net salaries increased by 99.6 percent to Sk15,466, Slovakia’s Statistics Office chair Ľudmila Benkovičová said on May 31.

The statistics also revealed widening gaps in certain earnings categories, however. While in 1997, women earned 21.5 percent less than men, this gap had risen to 26.9 percent by 2006. The average salary for women hovered just below Sk15,000 per month last year, but as many as half were earning less than Sk13,716.

Salaries in the Bratislava Region averaged Sk26,910 per month in 2006, which was 36.1-percent higher than the national average. The Košice Region recorded slightly higher-than-average salaries, although half of the people in the region earned less than Sk15,575 per month. The lowest average salaries were paid in the Prešov Region - Sk16,253.

Meanwhile, the gap between job sectors with the highest and lowest salaries rose by 193.5 percent from a mere Sk8,000 per month in 1997 to Sk24,640 in 2006. The highest average salaries were paid in financial mediation - Sk38,409 per month, while the lowest were in hotels and restaurants - Sk13,769.

In terms of career levels, senior managers were earning Sk45,349 per month in 2006. Managers and expert intellectual employees earned Sk25,415, while the lowest earners were auxiliary and unskilled employees on Sk10,947.

In terms of education, the best-paid staff were university-educated employees with Sk32,079 per month, while those with doctorates averaged Sk34,923. The lowest-paid were employees with only primary-school education - Sk12,657, those who completed secondary school but without a graduation diploma - Sk15,016, and those with vocational training - Sk15,503.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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