|Average Weekly Earnings||Average Hourly Earnings||Average Weekly Paid Hours||Average Hourly Total Labour Costs||Average Weekly Earnings||Average Hourly Earnings||Average Weekly Paid Hours||Average Hourly Total Labour Costs|
|Quarterly change %||1.0||0.8||-0.3||0.6|
|Annual change %||3.5||3.6||-0.3||4.1|
|* Preliminary Estimates|
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:
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.