Telecom and IT sectors have best pay in Slovakia

SOME Slovaks saw their purses fatten in the first six months of 2011, especially if they worked in the telecommunications and information technology sector, where the average nominal wage increased by 5.8 percent year-on-year. Those working in the transportation and warehousing sector were less lucky, seeing their incomes fall by 4.2 percent year-on-year on average, according to data provided by the Slovak Statistics Office.

(Source: SME - Tomáš Žakovič)

SOME Slovaks saw their purses fatten in the first six months of 2011, especially if they worked in the telecommunications and information technology sector, where the average nominal wage increased by 5.8 percent year-on-year. Those working in the transportation and warehousing sector were less lucky, seeing their incomes fall by 4.2 percent year-on-year on average, according to data provided by the Slovak Statistics Office.

The highest average sectoral nominal wage in Slovakia over the first half of 2011 was €1,639, posted by the information and communication technologies sector; the lowest average wage was paid to restaurant and bar employees: just €356. Average nominal wages in industry stood at €799, and €696 in transport and warehousing. Wages in the construction sector stood at €577, the statistics authority reported.

Growth was recorded during the first half of 2011 in average nominal wages in the construction sector, by 4.5 percent year-on-year; in industry, by 3.5 percent year-on-year; and in sale and repair of motor vehicles, by 2.0 percent. Growth was under 1 percent in the retail, accommodation and restaurants sectors, the SITA newswire reported.

The average real monthly wage in the information technology and communications sector grew 2.1 percent year-on-year, by 2.1 percent in selected market services and by 2 percent in construction.

The steepest year-on-year growth in employment, 13.5 percent, was seen in the IT and communication sector in June, the Statistics Office said on August 10.

Employment increased in selected market services by 7.4 percent, in industry by 4.8 percent, in transport and warehousing by 3.5 percent, in retail by 1.9 percent, and in bars and restaurants by 0.6 percent.

“The trend of decreasing employment continued in the remaining monitored sectors,” the statistics authority stated, as quoted by the TASR newswire, adding that biggest fall, 3.8 percent, was reported in the construction sector.

When it comes to the statistics for the first half of 2011, information and communication technologies again saw the highest relative year-on-year growth in the number of employees, at 14.7 percent on average. Growth in other sectors was as follows: selected market services 5.5 percent, industry 5.2 percent, transport and warehousing 1.6 percent, and retail 0.9 percent, TASR reported.

Employment fell in the construction industry by 3.5 percent, in accommodation by 1.8 percent, in wholesale by 1 percent, in the sale and maintenance of motor vehicles by 0.9 percent, and in restaurants and pubs by 0.4 percent, according to the statistics.

In the first half of 2011, almost 500,000 people were employed in industry in Slovakia. Other figures were: in construction, 173,000; in retail, 160,000; in selected market services, 126,000; and in transport and warehousing, 113,000. The remaining sectors employed fewer than 100,000 people each.

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