In collective agreements concluded since the outbreak of COVID-19, the wage increase is significantly lower than in the agreements that were concluded earlier this year, employment conditions consultant AWVN reports on Thursday, based on the collective agreements concluded so far in 2020.

33 collective labor agreements have been concluded since the outbreak of COVID-19. The negotiating parties agreed on an average wage increase of 2.3 percent. However, the annual average is 2.8 percent. This means that in the 48 agreements concluded before the outbreak this year, the average wage increase is above 2.8 percent.

The smaller wage increase since the corona outbreak is especially true for market sectors. Public sectors have seen a higher wage increase since the outbreak.

The AWVN also reports that far fewer collective agreements have been concluded so far this year than is usual. The reason for this is that many negotiations have been halted due to the corona outbreak. So far, 81 collective labor agreements have been concluded in 2020. In a normal year, the counter averages two hundred at the end of July.

As a result, many collective agreements have expired without a new agreement having been concluded. This is currently the case with 280 collective labor agreements, while that applies to 232 collective labor agreements in a 'normal summer'. As a result, 1.24 million workers are now waiting for a new agreement, whereas there are normally 1.16 million.