Postimees writes that, according to on the data on employers’ labour costs, the number of people who earn more than EEK 20,000 a month is up 40 pct in a year to 96,623 people.
The number of people earning between EEK 10,000 and EEK 20,000 a year increased 12 pct in a year to 207,623 people and the number of Estonians earning between EEK 6,600 and EEK 10,000 a month fell 5 pct.
There was a significant fall also in the number of people who earn up to EEK 6,600 a month.
According to Statistics Estonia, wages increased rapidly in recent years for several reasons including the booming economy and the fact that many Estonians were working abroad as construction workers or medical doctors and pushed up wages also back home.
Statistics Estonia reported yesterday that average wages reached EEK 13,306 in the second quarter. This is 15.2 pct higher than a year earlier. Real growth in gross wages was only 3.4 pct.