Change in Factors for Wage Increase Calculations

The National Wages Council in Costa Rica has included in the new formula national productivity per person and expected inflation, rather than past inflation.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Adjustments will be made based on the level of output and the central bank’s inflation target.

After 13 years of running the same system, private sector worker’s wages in Costa Rica will be adjusted using the new methodology, as announced yesterday by the Ministry of Labour.

From now on, the semi-annual adjustments will be made taking into account the national level of output per person, and the inflation target as defined by the monetary authority.

This modification is intended to better reflect the performance of the country's economic activity, and allow private sector workers to have more money to spend and thus help stimulate the economy further, according to an explanation given by the Minister of Labor, Sandra Piszk.

An article in states: "... with the new methodology, you take the central bank’s inflation target for the year and divide it by two.

The 2012 target is 4%, therefore it was decided that the January increase should be half of that, about 2%.

It also takes into account an average increase of GDP per capita annualized over five years (ranging from seven years to two years prior to the year to be adjusted). For the 2012 adjustment, the years from 2005 to 2010 were taken into consideration. Also, if in the previous semester the increase in inflation was higher or lower than the Central Bank's target, the figure is adjusted up or down. "

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