Monthly earnings up NOK 1,000

Full-time employees in the central government had average monthly earnings, excluding overtime pay, of NOK 36,400 as of Oct. 1, 2009. This was a year on year increase of NOK 1,000, or 2.8 percent.

Central government includes, among other things, employees in the central administration, state-owned public sector schools, health and social services, professional, scientific and technical activities, and construction work. Full-time employees in the public sector schools had a growth in average monthly earnings of 3.3 percent, in construction of 4.0 percent, in professional, scientific and technical activities of 2.8 percent, and in contrast, health and social services of 0.6 percent.

The central administration

The central administration consists of public administration, the foreign service, and the National Insurance Office. Average earnings for employees in the central administration as a whole were NOK 36,100, up 2.8 percent. Average earnings in the foreign service, which is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, and the Norwegian Peace Corps, were higher, at NOK 42 500; a rise of 3.7 percent. For employees in the police and the prosecuting authority, earnings were NOK 35,100, and for the judicial system and the prison service earnings were NOK 37,000; an escalation of 2.9 and 3.9 percent respectively. Employees in the defence forces had average monthly earnings of NOK 34,600; a year on year improvement of 1.8 percent.

Part-time employees

In order to make comparisons between full-time and part-time employees, the wages of the part-time employees are converted to full-time equivalents. Average monthly earnings of all part-time employees in the central government, in the form of full-time equivalents, were NOK 33,200; an upturn of 2.8 percent. Part-time employed men had wages of NOK 36 100 and part-time employed women had wages of NOK 32,000 respectively, up 2.0 and 2.9 percent.

Source: Statistics Norway

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