Clearly the most common reason for a salary increase was the general increase agreed in the collective agreement, which was reported by 77 percent of those respondents whose salary had increased.
“It seems that salaries only increase by as much as what has been agreed in the collective agreements. The merit increases paid voluntarily by employers are targeted at a fairly narrow group. This tells you what the benefit of a trade union is. If joining a union does not interest in the future, salary earners should be prepared for the fact that the entire agreement mechanism will be removed and fewer and fewer people will get a salary increase,” says Teemu Hankamäki, Director of Labour Market Affairs at TEK.
According to the labour market survey, 22 percent of the respondents had received a salary increase based on personal performance, i.e. a so-called merit increase.
Of those who received a salary increase, 11 percent reported a new task with the same employer as the reason for the increase, and 9 percent had received a salary increase after changing jobs. Fewer than last year reported a change of task or job as the reason for the salary increase.
In 2023, many sectors paid salary increases of about 3.5 percent, of which some were general increases, and some were employer-distributed shares. In addition, a one-time compensation was paid, which, however, is not reflected in the October salaries. However, salary increases may also have been agreed differently locally.