Average gross pay up 1.8% nominally in 2016

Ljubljana, 15 February (STA) - The average monthly gross salary in 2016 stood at EUR 1,584.66 in Slovenia, up 1.8% in nominal and 1.9% in real terms from the year before. The average net pay of EUR 1,030.16 was higher 1.7% nominally and 1.8% in real terms, the Statistics Office revealed on Wednesday.

In December, the average wage was EUR 1,653.67 gross and EUR 1,074.27 net. After a higher November pay due to end-of-year bonuses, the gross wage was 2% lower nominally and 1.5% in real terms compared to November, while the net wage was 1.2% lower in nominal and 0.7% in real terms.

The highest monthly increase in average net pay in December was in transport and storage (11.8%), while it dropped the most in electricity, gas and steam supply (6.7%).

Nevertheless, electricity, gas and steam supply still had the highest average net pay in December (EUR 1,532.26), while the lowest was recorded in the grouping of diverse business activities (EUR 736.66).

In the private sector, the average net wage dropped 3.6% on the monthly level, while it grew by 3% in the public sector.

On the annual level, the average monthly net pay was up 2% from 2015 in the public sector to EUR 1,185.60, and up 1.6% in the private sector to EUR 950.65.

The average net pay increased in all 12 statistical regions last year, the most in the northern region of Koroško (+2.5%) and the western region of Goriško (+2.2%).

The highest average net pay in 2016 was in central Slovenia, where it reached EUR 1,118.06, which was 8.5% above the nation-wide average.