Wage data now available online

23.01.2019 - 10:30
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An online database has been opened allowing users to see wage data for everyone in Iceland from 1991 to 2017. The website, formally opened by prime minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir, clearly shows the impact of the financial crisis on different groups within society.

Finance minister Bjarni Benediktsson said the new website is a unique new tool, unlike anything else in Europe, that will strengthen quality of life discussions in society. 

The database, found on the website tekjusagan.is, is run by the Prime Ministry and provides non-personal data compiled from tax returns over the past quarter of a century. The website allows users to track wage increases and to balance them against changes in the taxation and benefits system. 

A statement says that the new website increases transparency and is useful to both the public and the authorities.  

Bjarni said the website was not created in relation to the current collective bargaining negotiations taking place, but that when people talk of the past, they can now rely on figures instead of just feelings.

Alexander Elliott
Project manager
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