In the third quarter of 2019, collective labor agreement wages increased by 2.6 percent. That is the largest wage increase in ten years, according to figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics.

In the construction industry in particular, wages rose the most in the third quarter. The CLA wage per hour, including special rewards, rose 4 percent, according to the CBS, mainly due to wage developments in construction. Employees who are covered by a hospitality collective agreement have also seen their wages rise sharply, by 3.7 percent.

In the private and government sectors, wages increased by 2.7 percent. The sector that is lagging behind with an average increase of 2.1 percent is that of the subsidized institutions. This includes the collective labor agreements of hospitals, nursing and care homes, home care, youth health care and care for the disabled. A large majority of these collective agreements (59 percent) have not yet reached a final agreement for the whole of 2019 ..

Whether the average CA wage increase of 2.6 percent also influences purchasing power remains to be seen. Consumer prices rose by 2.7 percent in July and August.

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