6 in 10 workers happy with wage
More than half of workers in Luxembourg who participated in a survey said they were happy with the salary they received for the job they do.
The sixth European study on working conditions published in 2010 showed that 60.5 percent of Luxembourg workers polled were satisfied with their pay packet, the largest proportion of any EU member state, except Denmark.
On average across EU member states, more than a third (41 percent) of workers were happy with their wages, compared with 58.3 percent of Belgian workers, 47.6 percent of Germans and 32.1 percent of French respondents.
In Luxembourg, a larger proportion of women than men said they were satisfied with their salary- 63.4 percent compared with 58.2 percent.
This result may surprise some as women continue to earn on average 16 percent less than their male counterparts doing the same job.
Furthermore, wage satisfaction fell depending on the sector. For people working in industry, only 44.4 percent of respondents were happy compared with 63.4 percent of people working in the services sector.
The biggest contrasts were reported between manual and qualified roles. Only 36.6 percent of blue-collar (manual) workers polled were happy with their earnings, compared with 68.5 percent of white collar workers.
Historically, satisfaction with wages in Luxembourg rose during the financial crisis. When the survey was conducted in 2005, 57.9 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with their salary.
It will be interesting to see if this trend continues in 2015, when the next survey is expected to be conducted. Already, we know that on average salaries rose 11 percent from 2009 to 2013 in Luxembourg. In the euro zone, salaries rose on average 7 percent over the same period and in Greece they fell 17 percent.
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