The wage index in October 2015 is 532.9 points, 0.3% higher than in the previous month. In the last twelve months the monthly wage index has risen by 7.9%.

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          
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
April 503.2 0.2 4.2 3.8 5.2
May 505.7 0.5 4.0 4.5 5.3
June 517.1 2.3 12.5 9.3 7.1
July 523.0 1.1 16.7 10.2 7.9
August 524.7 0.3 15.9 9.8 7.7
September 531.0 1.2 11.2 11.8 8.2
October 532.9 0.3 7.8 12.2 7.9
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 were 0.3% higher than in the previous month
The real wage index in October 2015 is 126.9 points, 0.3% higher than in the previous month. In the last twelve months the real wage index has increased by 6.0%.

Collective agreements
Agreements between the Confederation of Icelandic Bank and Finance Employees and the Business Iceland affect the wage index in October. The agreements stipulate a wage increase for wage tables from 1 October 2015.

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.

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