WageIndicator Gazette 1

Woliweb and Wage Indicator.org Newsletter
June 2004

Table of content:
· Start of Woliweb/WageIndicator.org
· Master version questionnaire online
· European launch on July 8th
· Workshops for country teams
· ILO shows interest

Start of Woliweb/WageIndicator.org
The wage indicator concept, tried and tested in the Netherlands over the last 3 years, is going European. Thanks to a EU-research grant under the 6th Framework Programme. The extension to 8 new countries in Europe has been given the name Woliweb, acronym for Work Life Web. The official start was on April 1rst. Since then national Wage Indicator teams have been formed, consisting of researchers and web workers. The Woliweb project lasts 3 year, after which the Wage Indicator websites and online research tools should be self supporting. The Wage Indicators consist of a website with labour market content, featuring a salary check and a questionnaire. The salary check appears to be a great crowd puller, as it provides reliable information about wages per occupation that the visitors would hardly be able to gather otherwise. The salary check is based on the data generated through the questionnaire. The data is also used for academic research. By giving feedback on the major findings by means of a Salary Check the general public is willing to complete the questionnaire. For detailed information see www.wageindicator.org. On those pages regular reports will be published on the progress of the wage indicators in Denmark, UK, Finland, Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland, Belgium and The Netherlands.

Master version questionnaire online
In order to build in compatibility of data gathered online through a questionnaire, which lies at the heart of the wage indicator concept, professor Kea Tijdens of the University of Amsterdam/Institute of Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) developed a master version of the questionnaire in English. Last week it has been made available to the participating countries. Researchers from these countries have started their debate in order to safeguard compatibility, yet allowing for adaptations to peculiarities of the national labour markets. As soon as they agree, translations of the master version will be made. Between now and at the latest first of September 2004 all different languages and versions will be online.

European launch on July 8th
In Amsterdam the official launch of 8 new national wage indicator websites will take place in the presence of all national Wage Indicator teams and a select group of guests of honour, both from the Netherlands and abroad. Professor Richard Freeman, the world’s leading online researcher as regards labour market issues, will participate. Also the International Labour Organisation will be represented, as well as the European trade union movement, representatives of Global Unions and the leading daily of Poland, Gazeta Wyborzca. And a high official of the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs, as the Netherlands will chair the EU in the second half of 2004. The Ministry sponsors the launch.
During the event a debate will be held on the mutual reinforcement of social scientists, trade unions and media with a strong web presence. The official launch will be done by playing an online game in which knowledge on wages will be put to the test.

Workshops on July 9 and 10
In the slipstream of the European launch, workshops for the national teams are held on July 9 and 10. Researchers will finalize their debate on the questionnaire and streamline the ensuing production of scientific reports. Webworkers will be made familiar with the ins and outs of marketing of websites, creating free publicity, writing for the web and technical matters.

ILO shows interest
The originators of the Wage Indicator, Kea Tijdens and Paulien Osse, presented the Wage Indicator project to the ILO staff in Geneva on May 4. The audience consisted of policy makers and specialists on statistics and wages.

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