Businesses with a staff of five or more and the public sector employed 2.79 million in total last year, 0.8% more than in 2003, the Central Statistics Office (KSH) said in a preliminary report. Taxable and net income rose an average 6.1% yr/yr and 5.7% yr/yr, respectively, while real wages decreased by 1%. The taxable income of full-time employees averaged Ft 145,700 per month, leaving Ft 93,800 after taxes. The for-profit sector accounted for virtually all of the 6.1% increase in taxable income, with a 9.3% average raise given to corporate employees while public employees made only 0.7% more than a year earlier. "The fact that wages in the public sector rose only 1% is due to last year's measures aimed at the standardization of "13th month" extra wages," according to the report.