Statistics on wages

Access to employment for all is a key goal of policymakers around the globe. Employment is indeed a core element of our livelihoods and lives. However, having a job is no guarantee of a decent living: job quality is required as well. Working conditions on the job will determine to a great extent our living conditions.

Remuneration is a crucial aspect of working conditions. Decent work is productive work which provides workers with adequate earnings, ensuring satisfactory living conditions for workers and their families. At the same time, monitoring the evolution of wages and earnings provides insights into the extent to which workers benefit from gains in productivity.

The objective of non-discrimination and equal treatment in employment implies that workers should receive equal pay for work of equal value. Disaggregated data for wages statistics serve to assess the extent to which this is true.

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This report finds that in real terms (adjusted for price inflation) global wage growth declined to 1.8 per cent in 2017 from 2.4 per cent in 2016. The findings are based on data from 136 countries.

In analyzing wage growth, the report finds that in advanced G20 countries real wage growth declined from 0.9 per cent in 2016 to 0.4 per cent in 2017. By contrast, in emerging and developing G20 countries, real wage growth fluctuated between 4.9 per cent in 2016 and 4.3 per cent in 2017.

Also, the report calculates gender pay gaps in innovative and more accurate ways, using data covering some 70 countries and about 80 per cent of wage employees worldwide. It finds that globally women continue to be paid approximately 20 per cent less than men.

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Resolution concerning household income and expenditure statistics

Resolution concerning household income and expenditure statistics

Adopted by the 17th ICLS (2003), this resolution aims to promote the development and use of household income and household expenditure statistics along sound lines and also to promote consistency in their measurement as well as improvement in their quality and international comparability.


Resolution concerning the measurement of employment-related income

Resolution concerning the measurement of employment-related income

Adopted by the 16th ICLS (1998), this resolution provides international guidelines on the measurement of income related to paid and self-employment in order to promote the development of these statistics along sound lines and improve their international comparability.


Sources and Methods Volume 2: Establishment surveys (2012) - Employment, wages, hours of work and labour cost

This volume presents national methodological descriptions of establishment surveys from which statistics of employment, wages, hours of work and labour cost are obtained. It is a revised, enlarged and updated version of the second edition issued in 1995 and contains descriptions for 172 surveys in respect of 84 countries, areas and territories.


Sources and Methods Volume 4: Administrative records and related sources (2004) – Employment, unemployment, wages and hours of work

This volume presents national methodological descriptions of statistics of employment, unemployment, wages and hours of work, derived from administrative records and related sources. It is a revised and updated version of the first edition issued in 1989, and contains 124 descriptions in respect of 102 countries, areas and territories.


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