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Wages up even outside Bratislava

THE CAPITAL city is no longer the only driving force behind growing wages in Slovakia. According to statistics on the development of wages in companies with 20 and more employees, issued by the Statistical Office, regions with medium sized and big companies in Central and Eastern Slovakia have also posted considerable growths in the first half of 2005.

In 24 districts the wages grew faster than the national average and in 12 districts the growth was bigger than in the capital city alone, the Pravda daily wrote.

The highest average wage was recorded in Košice II district where it exceeded Sk28,000 (€715). The average national gross wage for the given period was Sk18,038 (€460). The average real growth of wages in Slovakia was 5.7 percent.

In terms of regions, the Bratislava region has kept the highest average gross wage with Sk24,506 (€626), which was 7.2 percent more year-on-year in real terms. The highest regional growth, 7.8 percent, was recorded in the Košice region where the average gross wage was Sk17,727 (€453).

In terms of districts, the lowest monthly gross wage was in Bardejov (Sk9,916/€253) followed by Snina (Sk11,622/€297), both in Eastern Slovakia.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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