Public sector salaries in 2005
In 2005, public sector employees received an average gross monthly salary of 2,540 Euros, 14.7% of which took the form of bonuses and supplementary income. After deducting social contributions, which rose significantly in 2005, the average net monthly salary was 2,127 Euros. Therefore between 2004 and 2005 the gross salary rose by 1.6% in current Euros compared with 0.9% for the net salary. Given an average annual price rise of 1.8% in 2005, the average gross salary decreased by 0.2% in constant Euros and the net salary by 0.9%. Changes in average salaries are affected by upward mobility and promotions awarded to existing employees, but also by departures, particularly retirements, and recruitment. The average net income of employees in 2004 and 2005, meanwhile, increased by 2.3% in current Euros, or 0.4% in constant Euros.