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WAGEINDICATOR. WISUTIL conference, Vienna, Austria 26-27 September2011 Paulien Osse director Wage Indicator Foundation.

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WISUTIL conference, Vienna, Austria

26-27 September2011

Paulien Osse

director Wage Indicator Foundation


How it started: How it started: What is my wage? – Good question, nobody knows! Let's find out for myself, my cleaning lady, the nanny. Let's find out for everybody on the labor market. Not only the white male top end.

10 years ago: Dutch initiative - Non Profit – Board: University of Amsterdam + Dutch Confederation of Trade Unions + Monster.com

Today: Worldwide platform covering 60 countries. Formal and informal economies, small and large.

Now websites with Wages and Benefits by Occupation – International Comparison – Minimum Wages – VIP Wages - Labor Law – Special attention for Women, Youth, Elderly on the Labor market – Career Advice

Contribution to: Awareness  Compliance  Social Peace

What is WageIndicator


2001 Netherlands

2004 7 EU-countries

2005 Brasil, South-Africa, India

2006 USA, Mexico, Argentina

2007 Russia, post-soviet countries

2008 more EU, Colombia, Guatemala, Paraguay

2009 Indonesia, Southern Africa

2010 China, Pakistan

2011 Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Australia

2011 – Q 4 - Egypt, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana

Websites in 60 countries


3-4 clicks

Choose an occupation: choice of many occupations

Tick personal characteristics: age, gender, education, region, etc

3) Output screen: average monthly/weekly wage in an occupation, taken into account the characteristics

Extra info:

Output screen: other characteristics of the occupation

A Salary Check

is free of charge

attractshuge numbers of visitors

is based on data collected in a web-survey

What is a Salary Check?


Organisation: NL team for overall management, web-management, hosting & technical supportweb-marketing, data- and survey management

Organisation: Regional Offices forinternational and sub regionalandnational web and research activities:Buenos Aires, Cape Town/Maputo, Minsk, Ahmedabad

Funding: projects from EU, development aid, ministries

Funding: licenses, advertisements, sales of data and survey questions (omnibus survey)

WageIndicator organisation


Trade unions

National confederations– all countries apart from China

International confederations: ITUC, UNI

Online newspapers, radio

Sueddeutsche (DE)

La Nacion (AR ); KP.Ru (RU)



Career sites

Career site Monster (BE, KR, NL, SE)

WageIndicator Partners


Worldwide > 16 million web-visitors per year

worldwide, the public shows a great desire for information about wages, minimum wages, labour law, VIP wages

Web-marketing efforts

web-marketing and search engine optimization

cooperation with major Internet players: MSN, portals, trade unions, newspapers, career sites

example: in Brazil with UOL, in China with largest jobsite

EFFECT on Web-survey

all websites invite visitors to complete a web-survey on work and wages (continuous survey in national language)

-> generates a large database with wage information

Web traffic and web survey


On wages and working hours

wages of nurses in three countries (Finnish & English)

wages of engineers, bookkeepers, shop assistants, etc in Germany (German)

effects of MNE’s on wages in 7 EU countries (English)

On workplace relations

attitudes towards collective bargaining coverage (Eng.)

effect of dismissals on self-perceived job insecurity (Eng.)

On labor markets

working conditions in 7 EU countries (English, German, Hungarian, Spanish)

Research publications



The combination between wages and occupations

Insight throughout the whole labour market

International comparable

To use online and offline (survey, minimum wage info, labour law info)

Lighthouse in countries where Trade Union is weak

Lighthouse in countries with no insight at all in what happens in the labour market (Egypt, Zambia, Pakistan, f.e.)

Is this new?