The salaries agreed in the agreement rise by 3.49% on average until November, above the CPI

MADRID, 10 Dic.

The salaries agreed in the agreement rise by 3.49% on average until November, above the CPI


The salaries agreed upon in the agreement rose on average by 3.49% until November, a figure higher than that registered in October (3.46%) and almost three tenths more than the advance CPI for November, whose interannual rate stood at 3. 2%, according to data extracted by Europa Press from the collective bargaining statistics of the Ministry of Labor and Social Economy.

However, the final inflation data for the month of November must still be confirmed by the National Institute of Statistics (INE) next Thursday, December 14.

The average salary increase included in the agreements registered until November (3.49%) has also shortened the distance with the guidelines set by CCOO, UGT, CEOE and Cepyme in the AENC, as it is almost only ten tenths away from the salary increase of the 4% recommended by social agents for this year.

Specifically, this agreement recommends salary increases of 4% in 2023 and 3% for both 2024 and 2025, with a salary review clause that, in the event of deviation from inflation, could imply additional increases of up to 1% for each of the years of the agreement (2023-2025).

Most of the agreements registered until November in the Labor statistics were signed in previous years, although they will take effect in 2023.

Specifically, in the first eleven months of the year, a total of 3,385 collective agreements with economic effects in 2023 had been registered, of which only 1,041 have been signed this year, with an average salary increase of 4.14%. The rest of the agreements, 2,344, were signed in previous years and include an average salary increase almost one point lower, specifically 3.16%.

The total of 3,385 agreements registered until November provided protection to more than 10.5 million workers.

According to Labor statistics, most of the agreements registered until November do not have a salary review clause to avoid losses of purchasing power. Specifically, of the 3,385 agreements counted, only 14.8% (501) had a salary guarantee clause and of them, 336 contemplate that it be applied retroactively.

The agreements that include a review clause affect 2.5 million workers of the slightly more than 10.5 million covered by the agreements registered until November, equivalent to 24.2% of the total.

Thus, the majority of workers lack safeguard clauses in their collective agreements. The number of workers protected with this instrument has increased compared to the figure in December 2022 (21.08%), but has decreased two tenths compared to the figure from the previous month, October, when it stood at 24.4%. .

Of the total agreements registered until November, 2,445 were company agreements, with effects on 612,928 workers and an average salary increase of 3.25%, while 940 were sectoral agreements and covered more than 9.9 million workers, with a average salary increase of 3.50%.

The average working day agreed upon in the agreement stood at 1,751.1 hours per year per worker until November (1,698.8 hours in company agreements and 1,754.3 in higher-level agreements).

Of the 3,385 agreements registered until November, a total of 86, equivalent to 2.5%, contemplated a salary freeze, while 41.7% of the agreements, four out of ten, included a salary increase of more than 3%. , the average being 4.91%. The statistics only include one agreement with a salary cut, of 3.75%, with effects on 78 workers.

The Labor statistics also reveal that until November, 544 non-applications of agreements were registered, above the 503 in the same period of 2022 (8.15%).

These 'disengagements' affected a total of 24,538 workers, compared to the 19,432 affected in the first eleven months of 2022, which represents an increase of 26.3%. The 'removal' of agreements involves the review of working conditions in companies.