Norway - Distribution of income is getting more unequal - January 31, 2019

New data from Statistics Norway shows that the pay gap is increasing, especially in the public sector. In a period of ten years, from 1997 to 2007, the difference between those who earn the most and the least has become much bigger. In 1997 the average monthly salary for people in the first decile was 2.8 times higher than in the lowest decile while in 2007 this had risen to a salary that was 3.8 times higher than the salaries paid in the lowest decile. According to Statistics Norway an important explanation for the increased pay gap is the increase in pay for top executives. According to OECD data, in the period of 2000- 2015 income inequality in the country grew more than in most other countries.

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For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers or Sanne van der Gaag, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the Head of communications at the ETUI, Willy De Backer wdebacker@etui.org © ETUI


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