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- Average monthly and hourly gross wages increased in all economic activitiesEconomyAccording to Statistics Estonia, in the 1st quarter of 2014, the average monthly gross wages and salaries were 966 euros and the average hourly gross wages and salaries were 6.02 euros. Compared to the 1st quarter of 2013, the average monthly gross wages and salaries increased 7.3% and the average hourly gross wages and salaries increased 6.9%.
- Business pockets historic dividendsEconomyIn 2013, €1.5bn worth of dividends were declared at Tax and Customs Board – a whopping 35 percent more than the year before and by far the biggest money for the past decade or more. The data being fresh, Taxman has not had the time to do deep analysis to find out how this came to be: by some super payments or numerous newcomers.
- Editorial: price rise moderate, feelings say otherwiseOpinionStatistics say one thing, feelings speak otherwise… As TV reporters ask folks in the streets or shopping centres regarding the rise of prices, most say it’s really big. According to statistics, however, last year’s price rise was rather modest, on the average – Estonia’s 2.8 per cent do indeed exceed the two percent goal set by eurozone; even so, compared to our earlier years the tempo has eased. For this year, experts predict especially good times for the consumer.
- Prices nearing boom time highs New flat purchase price mainly up because of energy performanceEconomyAn abundance of apartment houses keeps being built in Tallinn and Harju County; curiously, square metre prices thereof come many times higher than older dwellings in these same areas. The principal reason is energy performance of new buildings. At some locations, prices are nearing boom time levels.
- Law & Order wages to get another liftLocal NewsNext year, 4,100 Police and Border Guard Board employees will get a raise – over 75 per cent of officialdom thereof. According to interior minister Ken-Marti Vaher, the new salaries system will better reflect work load and specific character of regions. «First and foremost, we desire to raise basic wages for police officers with lower incomes and those with higher degree of job-related risk,» explained the minister.
- Editorial: the need to demist money wagon windowsOpinionHow will the (growth part) of state budget be split, next year? Are we really debating, publicly, things really vital and worthy of debate? As it is, PR advisors of coalition and opposition alike seem to be directing discussions towards tempting yet nonessential or self-evident ruts. And, sadly, journalists have taken the bait.
- Government gearing up for wage riseEconomyNext year’s state budget is supposed to see a €400m increase. Should such figures stand, wage rise would amount to ten per cent of budget volume. Even so, the deal is not finalised as yet. According to Prime Minister Andrus Ansip, discussions are the heated kind. As long as all is not agreed, nothing is agreed, says the PM.