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Wage Rate Index - 2nd Quarter 2017

Highlights
(Base: fourth quarter 2016=100)
The wage rate index increased by 2.7% or 2.7 points to reach 102.7 in the first quarter 2017 from 100.0 in the fourth quarter 2016 (Base: 4th quarter 2016=100).
                  
The index for the second quarter 2017 registered an increase of 0.3% or 0.3 point to reach 103.0 from 102.7 in the first quarter.
2.       The wage rate index for the General Government sector which comprises Ministries, Government departments and agencies operating under them, municipalities, district councils and Rodrigues Regional Assembly  increased by 2.9% or 1.0 point from 4th quarter 2016 to 1st quarter 2017. However, a slight decrease   (-0.2% or -0.1 point) was noted in the index from 102.9 in the first quarter 2017 to 102.7 in the second quarter explained by recruitment of new employees in the sector. The General Government sector accounts for around 34% of the total weight of the wage rate index.
 
3.       Main changes registered in the sub-indices from 1st Quarter 2017 to 2nd Quarter 2017 are:
 
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
+6.2%
Mining and quarrying
+1.2%
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
+0.9%
 
 
Information and communication
-0.6%
Public administration and defence; compulsory social security
-0.2%
 
 
4.       The quarterly wage rate indices are published separately for the private and public sectors for the first time. The index for the private sector which accounts for around 54% of the total weight of the wage rate index increased by 2.2% or 2.2 points to reach 102.2 in the 1st quarter 2017. A change of +0.7% or +0.7 point is noted from the 1st quarter 2017 to the 2nd quarter 2017 as the index moved from 102.2 to 102.9.
 
5.       The index for the public sector which comprises General Government and Public enterprises and accounting for around 46% of the wage rate index, increased by 3.3% or 3.3 points from 100. 0 in the base period to 103.3 in the 1st quarter. The index slightly decreased by 0.1% or 0.1 point from 103.3 in the 1st quarter to 103.2 in the 2nd quarter 2017.
 
 
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Statistics Mauritius
Ministry of Finance and Economic Development
September 2017