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Labor market research: Agreements negotiated by the union have improved wages

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The incomes of UJF members in employment have increased by an average of 2.1 per cent over a two-year period. Average monthly take home pay is € 3 537, € 3 875 with allowances. The earnings of the employed members of the Union of Journalists have risen by an average of 2.1 per cent over two years. The average monthly salary is EUR 3,537, the total earnings plus EUR 3,875. The figures come from the UJF’s labour market survey, conducted every two years. are based on the union's labor market survey, which is conducted every two years. About a thousand members took part in the survey, carried out in April. Average gross income for men was €3 922, for women € 3 787, an increase of €24 and €53 respectively. "In the media sector, the increases in earnings are largely based on the collective agreements negotiated by the association," said UJF head of advocacy Petri Savolainen. The euro for women is now nearly 97 cents, compared to 96 cents seen in the previous survey. “In terms of pay equality, we’re on the right track, but there’s still work to be done,” said Savolainen. The total earnings of women under the age of 30 exceed the income level of men of the same age. Otherwise men’s pay is higher. The 50–59 age group has the highest earnings. Basic monthly pay according to type of workplace
Number % Average Median Fractiles: 10 25 50 75 90
Total 6874 100 3537 3400 2700 3100 3400 3900 4560
Press 3526 51 3687 3524 2800 3152 3524 4180 4800
   Newspapers and news agencies 2206 32 3555 3373 2700 3023 3373 3900 4648
Magazines 1320 19 3903 3850 2868 3355 3850 4300 4924
Yle 2413 35 3363 3332 2800 3092 3332 3668 4063
MTV Media and Nelonen 217 3 3846 3640 2000 3590 3640 3800 7000
Other private Tv and radio channels 168 2 3136 3000 2200 2500 3000 3750 4700
Publishers 357 5 3303 3300 2495 3060 3300 3600 4051
Other company in the industry 137 2 3555 3500 2300 2981 3500 4200 4785
  4.5 hours overtime a week Journalists who specialise in economics, politics and the jobs market earn the most, according to the survey. Foreign affairs and sports are also higher than average earners. Less than 30 per cent of survey respondents said that they had received performance bonuses in 2019. The relative share of performance bonuses in annual earnings is fairly small. The average working week is 36 hours. Overtime takes up about 4.5 hours a week, and is typically compensated for by time off, or a mix of time off and cash. Covid-19 and work The survey also mapped the impact of the coronavirus epidemic. About one in two (47 per cent) respondents did not find that their workload has changed. 39 per cent siad that it had increased, and 12 per cent that it had dropped. Nearly two-fifths (38%) of respondents said that there had been some reduction in workplace activity. 29% of press employees have been laid off, while there have been no layoffs at the Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle). The biggest changes due to the corona epidemic concern working methods. Remote working has expanded by 79 per cent, and there has been an almost total changeover to remote working in publishing firms. One workplace in five has switched to remote working for the first time. More than half of workplaces have new equipment introduced for this, such as messaging and video conferencing applications. About the survey - The union asked its members by email for information for the survey in April 2020. - The survey invitation was sent to 6 874 people.
  • 1 033 union members took part in the survey. The response rate was 18 per
  • The survey was carried out by Kantar TNS.
Freelance members did not take part in the survey. Their pay situation was the subject of an earlier survey, carried out in spring 2019, see: The union also examined the impact of the corona pandemic on freelancers in spring this year:    

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