The average wage increase that was agreed last month in the new collective labor agreements (CLAs) amounts to 2.2 percent.

That is the largest increase in wages in the agreements made so far this year, employers' organization AWVN reported Monday.

Thirty collective labor agreements were concluded in May.

"More than in May last year and almost equal to the average number of May agreements in recent years," according to AWVN.

Due to the corona crisis, the collective labor agreement consultations were also put on hold for some time.

Agreements made earlier this year showed a downward trend.

On average, the wage increase in the agreements made this year is 1.92 percent.

Still lower than last year's average of 2.3.

"The most wage agreement made this year is the 0 percent", says AWVN.

Nearly half a million employees remain on that zero line.