Labour cost index in the private sector

Description of the data collection

Data on size of personnel and volume of labour input, wage and salary costs, and social cost tariff are collected from the data suppliers quarterly. In manufacturing the data are itemised by form of remuneration (hourly, monthly paid), in services according to part-time employment.

From whom are data collected?

In most industries the sample comprises enterprises employing at least 30 wage and salary earners - in industries dominated by small enterprises (construction, wholesale and retail trade, hotel and restaurant activities, real estate activities, professional, scientific and technical activities, administrative and support services) enterprises employing at least 20 wage and salary earners.

Data processing

The Statistics Act obliges Statistics Finland to treat the provided data as confidential.

What are the data used for?

Statistics Finland uses the collected data to compile an index describing changes in labour costs for an hour worked. The first results were published in June 2009. In addition, printouts are provided from the data for the Index of Wage and Salary Earnings, national accounts statistics and business trend statistics.

The data from the data collection are used in the following statistics:

How often are data collected?