Collective wages will have risen by 3 percent in 2020.

That is the largest increase since 2008. Despite the corona crisis, the collective labor agreement wage increase has not been as high in years as in 2020, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) reports Thursday.

According to Statistics Netherlands, this is mainly due to the fact that for almost three-quarters of the collective labor agreements an agreement had already been reached for the whole of 2020 before the start of the corona crisis. The effects of the corona crisis are not yet clearly visible in these figures.

Of the three collective labor agreement sectors, wages in the government rose the fastest, at 3.2 percent.

At subsidized institutions, wages rose the least, at 2.7 percent.

In the various branches of industry it can be seen that wages in industry rose the fastest at 3.8 percent.

In agriculture, forestry and fishing the wage increase was the smallest at 1.8 percent.

The annual figure of consumer prices is not yet known, but in the first eleven months these prices were on average 1.3 percent higher than in the same period in 2019. According to the provisional figures, collective labor agreement wages have therefore risen about 1.7 percent more than the prices.