Both pursuing a global approach and perspective WageIndicator Foundation and the GLO collaborate to promote the collection of data in all countries and provide access to this data.
The underlying aim is to ensure transparency and enable informed decisions for all actors on the labour market, the academic community, policy makers, employers and workers as well as households and individuals.

Through WageIndicator the GLO provides access to databases on Wages, Income and Prices (including the Minimum Wage database, the Real Wages database & Salary Checks, Wages in Context and Cost of Living / Living Wage data base) as well as on Labour Law and Collective Agreements (including the Labour Law Database and the Collective Agreements Database).

WageIndicator Global Coverage 2017


Data on Wages, Income and Prices

  1. Minimum Wage database

    • Global and national teams collects all minimum wage rates
    • Up to date as gazetted, since 2010
    • Minimum wages regulations
    • Information in English and national language
    • By the start of 2017 in 91 countries
    • Access: http://www.wageindicator.org/main/salary/minimum-wage
    • Access to data: soon
  2. Real Wages database & Salary Checks

  3. Cost of Living / Living Wage data base

  4. Wages in Context

Data on Labour Law and Collective Agreements

  1. Labour Law Database

    • WageIndicator collects data of 50 labour law topics
    • Yearly update, always links to national law, since 2008
    • Text always in English and national language
    • Compliance Check with law and minimum wages, online and offline
    • By the start of 2017 in 84 countries
    • Access: to labour Law: http://www.wageindicator.org/main/labour-laws/labour-law-around-the-world
    • Access to data: on demand
  2. Collective Agreements (CBA) Database

    • WageIndicator collects CBAs from social partners, since 2013
    • Text is coded according to more than 100 variables
    • Full text and codes are presented in the national WageIndicator websites
    • Clauses comparable, best sample CBA’s can be generated from the database
    • By the start of 2017 720 CBA’s of 56 countries
    • Access to Collective Agreements http://www.wageindicator.org/main/labour-laws/collective-bargaining-agreements
    • Access to data: on demand


About WageIndicator

  • Aim: transparency, assisting workers/employers to make informed decisions on daily basis on the basis of factual information
  • All national WageIndicator websites are in the national language(s); the overal global site is in English: wageindicator.org
  • In 2016 WageIndicator had 39,3 million visitors, of which approx. 30%/ 60%  through mobile. Users left behind: 430.000 completed salary surveys.
  • Target group – workers, job seekers, small employers PLUS social partners, governments, OECD, ILO, academic community…
  • Start in 2001 in Netherlands, since 2004 websites in neighboring countries, since 2006 websites in countries in other continents, currently in 92 countries, “easy” to enlarge to 190 countries
  • Global teams operate from The Netherlands (HQ University of Amsterdam), and from small offices from: Argentina, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Pakistan, Slovak Republic, South Africa, Tanzania. There are many national specialised contact persons. In many countries social partners work together with WageIndicator.


All databases use same supporting databases

Unit Country coverage Language
country names NA currently in 46 languages
currencies NA currently in 46 languages
regions and cities 130 countries English + nat. language
350 industry names, coded NACE-2.0 3 / 4 digit NA currently in 46 languages
1700 occupational titles, coded ISCO-08 5 digit In 2017 5000 titles currently in 46 languages
educational levels, coded

ISCED-97 (soon ISCED-11)

130 countries English + nat. language
largest companies in country for CBA database NA
trade union database