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Earnings and Labour Costs Quarterly

Q3 2019 (Final) Q4 2019 (Preliminary Estimates)

 Unadjusted Seasonally Adjusted
 Average Weekly EarningsAverage Hourly EarningsAverage Weekly Paid HoursAverage Hourly Total Labour CostsAverage Weekly EarningsAverage Hourly EarningsAverage Weekly Paid HoursAverage Hourly Total Labour Costs
  € €Hours € € €Hours €
Q4 2018757.2123.3332.527.00757.9423.3732.526.96
Q3 2019769.1423.5332.727.31781.9624.0332.527.87
Q4 2019*783.6224.1732.428.10790.0324.2332.428.04
Quarterly change %    1.00.8-0.3 0.6
Annual change %3.53.6-0.3 4.1    
* Preliminary Estimates
    

Average weekly earnings up 3.5% in year to Q4 2019

Average weekly earnings by economic sector
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Average weekly earnings were €783.62 in Q4 2019, an increase of 3.5% from €757.21 one year earlier according to preliminary estimates of the Earnings and Labour Costs Quarterly release. Final data for average weekly earnings in Q3 2019 were €769.14 and showed an increase of 3.6% from the same period in 2018. See tables 1 and 4.

Other features of the preliminary results for Q4 2019 include:

  • Average hourly earnings increased by 3.6% between Q4 2018 and Q4 2019, rising from €23.33 to €24.17. See table 2.
  • Average weekly paid hours decreased by 0.3% between Q4 2018 and Q4 2019, from 32.5 to 32.4. See table 3.
  • Average hourly total labour costs were €28.10 in the fourth quarter of 2019, an increase of 4.1% from the value of €27.00 one year previously. See table 6c.
  • Seasonally adjusted average weekly earnings in Q4 2019 were €790.03, an increase of 1.0% from the previous quarter. See table 4.
  • Average weekly earnings increased by 2.7% across the public sector and by 3.5% across the private sector in the year to Q4 2019. See tables 1 and 8a.
  • The job vacancy rate at the end of Q4 2019 was 0.9%, unchanged from 0.9% at the end of Q4 2018. See table 7c.

For frequently asked questions regarding data presented in this release, please see here.

Unadjusted average weekly earnings increased in 12 of the 13 sectors in year to Q4 2019

Average weekly earnings were €783.62 in Q4 2019, which represents average earnings in the Irish economy. There are variations in earnings across the sectors of the economy with the highest average weekly earnings of €1,241.42 in the Information and communication sector, followed by the Financial, insurance and real estate activities sector at €1,115.02. The lowest average weekly earnings were €381.50 in the Accommodation and food service activities sector and €517.04 in the Arts, entertainment, recreation and other service activities sector. 

Average weekly earnings increased in 12 of the 13 sectors of the economy in the year to Q4 2019. The largest percentage increase was 7.5% in the Accommodation and food service activities sector where average weekly earnings rose from €354.96 to €381.50 in the year to Q4 2019. The second largest increase was 6.2% in the Information and communication sector which rose from €1,168.50 to €1,241.42 over the year. 

Average weekly earnings in the public sector (including semi-state) showed an increase of 2.7% from €961.67 to €988.01 in the year to Q4 2019. There was an increase in average weekly earnings in the private sector of 3.5%, from €698.61 to €722.81 over the same period. 

In the five years to Q4 2019 average weekly earnings rose by 11.6%, from €702.07 in Q4 2014 to €783.62. All sectors saw increases to average weekly earnings over this period, ranging between 4.1% in the Financial, insurance and real estate activities sector to 23.4% in the Administrative and support services sector. See table 1 and figure 2.  

Note: While there is no internationally agreed methodology for assessing the public / private sector wage gap, the CSO has published analysis of the differential using a matched Labour Force Survey and P35 dataset for 2015-2018. This analysis took account of compositional differences between the public and private sector, such as occupational mix, sectors of activity, gender balance, union membership, etc. The public sector pay gap in 2018 was estimated to range from -3.8% to +0.1% depending on the specification applied and the treatment of the Pension Levy.

See most recent analysis for 2015-2018 here. See also previous versions for 2007-2010 here (PDF 678KB)  and for 2011-2014 here (PDF 686KB) .