29.05.2019
Orsolya Soosaar Economist at Eesti Pank

Statistics Estonia finds that the average gross wage in the first quarter of this year was 1341 euros a month, which is up 7.9% on a year earlier. The average wage has been rising faster in the public sector than in the private sector... more

01.03.2019
Natalja Viilmann Economist at Eesti Pank

Data from Statistics Estonia put the yearly growth in the average gross wage at 8.9% in the final quarter of last year. This was mainly because of special bonuses, which were one third larger than a year earlier. Wage growth continues... more

14.02.2019
Orsolya Soosaar Economist at Eesti Pank

Unemployment fell in the final quarter of last year to 4.4% in Estonia, which is the same low level as in the economic boom. As the unemployment figure has fallen however, so the indicators for the functioning of the labour market have... more

19.12.2018

The Estonian economy will grow by around 3.5% this year and next, and by 2020 growth will slow to close to 2%. One reason that growth will slow is that fewer people enter  the labour market. Another reason is the problem of competitiveness at companies, which is indicated by a decline in Estonia... more

29.11.2018
Orsolya Soosaar Economist at Eesti Pank

Data from Statistics Estonia show that the average gross monthly wage was up 7.5% over the year in the third quarter of 2018. The rate of wage growth in recent quarters has been affected by the income tax reform. Labour shortages are... more

28.08.2018
Orsolya Soosaar Economist at Eesti Pank
  • Wage growth was slowed by the effect of the tax reform, which changed how holiday pay is paid out and raised the average net wage

  • Upwards pressure on wages remains high

  • Wage inequality and poverty... more
26.06.2018
  • Growth in the economy will be around 3.5% in 2018-2019, but it will slow to 2.5% in 2020
  • Inflation will start to slow to 2.9% in 2018, 2.5% in 2019, and 1.9% in 2020
  • Wage growth will remain fast until 2020 at around 6-7%
  • The low level of investment by companies... more
29.05.2018
Orsolya Soosaar Economist at Eesti Pank
  • Growth in the gross wages of people earning minimum wage was slowed down by lower negotiated wages, but net wages increased considerably owing to the income tax reform
  • The cut in income tax initially benefited employees... more
13.04.2018
Orsolya Soosaar Economist at Eesti Pank
  • For the first time in many years, labour productivity increased faster than labour costs in 2017
  • A larger share of the working age population participate in the labour market in Estonia than in other countries in Europe... more
05.01.2018
Working Papers of Eesti Pank 12/2017 Katalin Bodnar, Ludmila Fadejeva, Stefania Iordache, Liina Malk, Desislava Paskaleva, Jurga Pesliakaitė, Nataša Todorović Jemec, Peter Tóth and Robert Wyszyński* We study the transmission channels for rises in the minimum wage using a unique firm-... more
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