Pay rises averaged 1.8% last year, highest increase in six years

Wages rises reached a six-year high. Photo:

Centrally-agreed pay deals in the Netherlands last year included an average salary rise of 1.8%, the highest increase in six years, national statistics office CBS confirmed on Tuesday.

This was considerably more than the annual rate of inflation, which stood at 0.3% in 2016.

Around four in five Dutch workers are covered by a sector-wide pay and conditions deal (CAO), worked out in negotiations between unions and employers.

The biggest pay rise, 3.4%, went to civil servants, whose pay had been frozen for several years due to government austerity measures. Pay in the construction, trade and transport sectors all rose by at least 2%.

At the bottom of the pile were people working in agriculture, fishing and financial services, whose pay rose less than 1%.