EU Sources - Wage report 2015/2016 - January 01, 2017

The annual wage study conducted by the WSI, a research institute of the trade union related Hans Böckler Foundation, reveals that, on average, wages in the EU block of 28 climbed by 1.4 percent in 2015, with an actual climb (in relative terms) of 1.7 percent in 2016. This figure is not so much due to actual salary increases, but more thanks to the very modest inflation rates. 11 European countries even saw prices go down under a so-called deflation. Looking at the long-term development between 2010 and 2016, the researchers conclude that relatively seen, salaries dropped in 11 EU countries. Employees in Germany (+9.6), France (+5.4) and the Netherlands (+1.9 percent) saw a more positive development.

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