Median gross hourly earnings below EU average

Analysis

In October 2018, median gross hourly earnings stood at EUR 4.4 in Hungary, the joint third-lowest amount among EU Member States, according to a recent release of data by statistical agency Eurostat.

The lowest median gross hourly earnings were registered in Bulgaria (EUR 2.4) followed by Romania (EUR 3.7), with Hungary and Lithuania in joint third (EUR 4.4 each).

At the other end of the spectrum, the highest median gross hourly earnings were recorded in Denmark (EUR 27.2), ahead of Luxembourg (EUR 19.6), and Sweden (EUR 18.2).

Among EU members, the highest national median gross hourly earnings was 11 times higher than the lowest when expressed in euro, Eurostat notes.

Differences between member states smaller in terms of PPS

When expressed in Purchasing Power Standards (PPS), the lowest median gross hourly earnings were registered in Bulgaria (4.6 PPS) followed by Portugal (6 PPS) and Latvia (6.4 PPS). Hungary had the fifth-lowest rate, at 6.8 PPS.

The highest median gross hourly earnings in PPS were recorded in Denmark (19.2 PPS), ahead of Germany (16.1 PPS) and Belgium (15.7 PPS).

The highest national median gross hourly earnings were 4 times higher than the lowest when expressed in Purchasing Power Standards (PPS).

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