Wage expenditures
14. Oct 2021
DKK 910 million in wages in September – steady growth

Just over DKK 910 million was paid in wages in September, an increase of DKK 30 million on September last year.

The trend for recent wage expenditures, adjusted for seasonal effects and other error components, indicates that wage expenditures are now in the increase again after a year with negligible growth.


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Men and women

The graph below shows wage expenditures for both sexes. The semi-transparent lines show paid wages, and the solid lines show the trend for both sexes.

DKK 560 million was paid to male employees in September 2021, accounting for just over 60% of the total wage expenditures. This is DKK 16 million more than in September 2020. Female employees were paid DKK 350 million, a year-on-year increase of DKK 15 million.

The trend indicates continued growth for female employees. Wages for male employees are on the increase again after a year of stagnation.


Industrial sectors

The trend shows that there is still some wage expenditure growth in the ‘governmental and other services’ sector. The ‘private services’ sector is also seeing growth again, while wage expenditures in the ‘construction and other manufacturing’ sector are decreasing.



The table below lists wage expenditures by industrial sector for the past year and compares the figures with the previous 12-month period.


About wage expenditures

Wage expenditures are subject to tax at source and are paid by companies based in the Faroe Islands. The statistics only covers wages for work done. Other payments and expenditures such as grants and post-employment benefits are not included.

All wage expenditures meeting the above requirements will be counted in regardless of the employee’s nationality.

About the trend

The trend describes the wage expenditure trend by adjusting for seasonal effects and error components in the figures.

About the main industrial sectors

Grouped under the ‘fishery and other natural resources’ sector are the following branches: agriculture, fishing, aquaculture, extraction of raw materials, fish processing and activities not elsewhere indicated.

The ‘construction and other manufacturing’ sector includes: shipyards/machine shops, other manufacturing, construction and energy.

The ‘private services’ sector includes: trade and repair, hotels and restaurants, sea transport, other transport, communications, finance and insurance, business services. household services and organisations, culture, etc.

‘Governmental and other services’ includes: public administration and services (central administration, municipalities, education, health and social work), government institutions and the Ministries of Education and Health.

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