The wage index in March 2015 is 0.3% higher than in the previous month
The wage index in March 2015 is 502.1 points, 0.3% higher than in the previous month. In the last twelve months the monthly wage index has risen by 5.6%.

Wage Index 2014-2015
December 1988=100 Change from previous month, % Annual rate based on the change
in the last
   
  Index 3 months, % 6 months, % 12 months, %
2014          
March 475.3 1.0 10.3 5.8 4.4
April 478.4 0.7 8.7 6.7 4.8
May 480.4 0.4 8.7 7.1 5.2
June 482.7 0.5 6.4 8.3 5.4
July 484.7 0.4 5.4 7.0 5.9
August 487.4 0.6 6.0 7.3 6.3
September 490.6 0.7 6.7 6.5 6.2
October 493.8 0.6 7.7 6.5 6.6
November 494.7 0.2 6.1 6.0 6.6
December 494.6 0.0 3.3 5.0 6.6
2015          
January 498.1 0.7 3.5 5.6 6.3
February 500.8 0.5 5.0 5.6 6.4
March 502.1 0.3 6.2 4.7 5.6
Notes: The wage index is calculated and published according to law no 89/1989. The wage index is based on regular hours earnings each month, calculated and published in the following month.


Real wages are 0.8% lower than in the previous month

The real wage index in March 2015 is 120.4 points, 0.8% lower than in the previous month. In the last twelve months the real wage index has increased by 4.0%.


 

About the wage index and the real wage index
The wage index is a price index based on data from the Icelandic survey on wages earnings and labour cost. The purpose of the index is to reflect changes in wages paid for fixed working hours. The index is based on earnings for contractual working hours and includes all wages paid for day-time and fixed overtime hours, including additional payments and bonuses. Irregular payments and employers' social contributions and taxes are excluded.

The real wage index shows changes in wages in relation to changes of the consumer price index. In general, real wages increase when wages increase more than price levels, but decrease when inflation is higher than wage rises. Real wages are not the same as disposable income of households. Information on disposable income of the household sector can be found here:

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