The wage increases agreed in collective agreements in December amounted to 3.1 percent on average. According to employers' association AWVN, that is the largest agreed wage increase ever.
"This continues the upward trend of recent months," according to the AWVN. For the whole of 2019, the salary increase agreed in collective agreements amounted to an average of 2.8 percent. This explicitly concerns collective labor agreements that were signed last year.
It may therefore be that the increase agreed therein has already started, with or without retroactive effect, or has yet to take effect. According to the AWVN, it can already be seen that in the collective labor agreements that came into force on 1 January this year, wages rose by 3.07 percent.
318 collective agreements were renewed in 2019, which applied to 2.6 million employees. Looking at sectors, government employees gained 3.2 percent. In healthcare it was 3.1 percent and in chemistry 3 percent. The other sectors remained below 3 percent.