Wage data now available online
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.