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Data collection on wages and income

Document | 11 December 2009


ILO Global Wage Database

Data is collected from national sources for a selected number of indicators including: average wages, median wages, the share of labour compensation in GDP (the so-called “wage share”), the Gini coefficient of wages, the ratio of top to bottom wages, and the proportion of workers with low pay.

These indicators are stored in the Global Wage Database which is publicly available in Excel, SPSS, and STATA. They are analysed in the ILO Global Wage Report.

ILO Global Wage Database Description

ILO Working Conditions Laws Database

Legal information on minimum wages is available in the Working Conditions Laws Database, which provides country-specific information not only on the minimum wage rate but also on the procedure of minimum wage fixing, the criteria that are used to determine the minimum wage level, the coverage of minimum wages, specific exemptions or rates, as well as the existing enforcement mechanisms.


Laborsta: the ILO Department of Statistics collects detailed statistics on annual wages by economic activity as well as on wages and labour costs in manufacturing. In addition, occupational wages are collected for 159 occupations through the ILO October Inquiry, which is conducted with reference to the month of October each year by means of questionnaires that are sent to ILO Member States.

Global Jobs Crisis Observatory

Global Jobs Crisis Observatory: Quarterly manufacturing wages are available for a select number of countries from the ILO website on the jobs crisis, which includes a section on the latest global statistics on the labour market. Each month the ILO publishes the latest national data for indicators which have been selected for their availability to reflect recent and short term changes.

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