The gross monthly earnings per employee (per job) increased by 3.6% in the quarter ended in September 2020 (3rd quarter), compared to the same period of 2019, to €1,266. The gross regular monthly earnings increased by 4.2% and the base earnings increased by 4.3%, which reached €1,082 and €1,019, respectively. Taking into account that the change of the Consumer Price Index during the period under analysis was null, the real relative changes of those gross monthly earnings were the same as the nominal ones. These data concern nearly 4.1 million of employees, corresponding to the Social Security’s beneficiaries and the subscribers of Caixa Geral de Aposentações.
The recent dynamics of the average monthly earnings in the quarter ended in September 2020 show a lesser impact of the new simplified layoff regime, as the number of enterprises covered by this regime has decreased significantly. In fact, in the 3rd quarter of 2020 only 3.2% of the total enterprises had employees in the layoff regime (26.7% in the 2nd quarter), corresponding to 4.9% of the total employees (48.9% in the 2nd quarter).
Despite the circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Statistics Portugal calls for the best cooperation from enterprises, households and public bodies in responding to Statistics Portugal’s requests. The quality of official statistics, particularly their ability to identify the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, crucially depends on this cooperation, for which Statistics Portugal thanks you in advance.