Average weekly earnings rose by just 0.4 per cent, to just under €700 according to preliminary estimates released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) today.
The figures show that weekly earnings rose from €692.75 to just €695.78. Thats a rise of only €3 on the same time last year.
Average weekly earnings showed a rise in six of the 13 sectors recorded, with the construction sector recording the largest increase, up 9.5 per cent from €655.99 to €718.18.
The largest decrease was recorded in the accommodation and food services sector. It showed a decrease of 2.2 per cent from €312.35 to €305.57.
While over the last four years, earning potential from the IT and communications sector have grown from €917.83 to €1021.98.
The data also show a slight rise in the average hourly earnings from €22.02, compared with €21.97 in the same period last year.
Public sector earnings have fallen 1.8 per cent since 2009, while in comparison the private sector recorded an increase of 0.8 per cent.
Estimated public sector numbers stood at 377,300 in the second quarter of 2013, a decrease of 5,400 or 1.4 per cent from the same period in 2012 when the total number employed was 382,700.
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