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Methodological explanation for the news release:

Average monthly net wage paid per employee

Data source

Data on the average monthly net wage paid per employee are from the regular monthly statistical survey LABOUR.1, which covers about 70% of the employed in every section from the National classification of activities.

This survey covers all employees who have work contracts (for definite or indefinite time) with business entities from all kinds of ownership and state administrative bodies, local self-government bodies, political parties, public organizations and associations in the Republic of Macedonia.

This survey does not cover: persons who work in their own business-professional practice and their workers and individual farmers.

Coverage and comparison

The survey on average monthly net wage paid per employee covers all monthly net wages for employees who have work contracts.

When the employees don't have payment for one or more months, in that case the data on the number of employees are excluded in the calculation of the average for that month.

In the data on average monthly net wage paid per employee, besides regular, also included are payments for previous months for those reporting units which do not have their payments on time. The data on the payments for previous months are processed in the current month, without the possibility of correction of already published and used data.


Total paid net wages cover: paid net wages for the reporting month for work done in the full-time work, less than full and more than full-time work (overtime work), payments in respect of annual vacation, public holidays, paid leave up to seven days, paid leave for educational purposes, for sick-leave up to 30 days, etc., payments paid from other legal entities for time spent on army service and civil duties and etc.

Nominal indices are calculated from the absolute value of the average net wages, while the real indices for net wages are result of the relations of the nominal indices and consumer price indices.

Last updated: 21.08.2020

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