The real estate and the healthcare sector saw the highest increases during this period, of close to 25%, according to data from the National Statistics Institute (INS).


The hotel & restaurant sector recorded the third largest annual growth for the hourly labor cost, of 18.62%, followed by education, with an 18.6% increase. Decreases were recorded only in the mining sector (-10%).


In the first three months of the year the hourly labor cost went up by 10.4% year-on-year. The growth pace was lower compared to the last quarter of 2015. In the last months of 2015 salaries in the public sector grew several times. (source: