Wages rose by an average of 2.1% last year, national statistics agency CBS said on Thursday.
Pay rises agreed in centralised negotiations between unions and employers averaged 2.2% in the first six months of the year and 1.9% in the second half, the CBS said.
Given inflation was around 2.4% last year, wages failed to keep pace with the rise in consumer prices.
Hospitality industry wages rose just 0.3%, as coronavirus shut down cafes and restaurants for much of the year and called a halt to tourism. The biggest increase – 3.4% – was in the sector ‘other services’ which, the CBS points out, includes lobby groups, launderettes and the funeral sector.
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