The average gross wages and salaries in the enterprise sector (in units employing more than 9 persons) inched down by 0.1% in monthly terms to PLN 3830.89 in April and were up by 3.0% on the year (compared to market expectations of a rise of 1.6%), according to the data of the national stats office GUS. In the entire 2012, they increased by 3.4% vs. 5.0% growth in 2011 (in 2012, the average annual inflation was 3.4%).
In April, the average paid employment was down by 0.2% on the month and down by 1.0% in annual terms, to 5,477.5 thousand (market consensus was -0.9%). The pace of employment's rise in the whole 2012 reached 0.1% vs. 3.2% a year earlier.
Bank economists attributed the higher-than-expected wages growth to pay-outs of bonuses in the mining industry and stress that the April data are insufficient to claim that a trend reversal is in the pipeline - they still expect wage pressure to remain moderate in the next few months.
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