wages set to rise by over 20 per cent in five years
Helsinki (20.10.2010 -
Juhani Artto) Cleaners and other property service
employees will see their wages rise significantly in the next five
The collective agreement between the Service Union United PAM and the
employer association Kiinteistöpalvelut ry, announced on Tuesday, raises
wages by over 20 per cent. The minimum tariffs will rise by 16.5 per
cent and the rest will come from annual wage hikes.
The agreement will raise minimum wages of property services to the level
of other service industries. The parties believe that it will ease the
recruitment problems cleaning and other property service companies have
been having. At present the lowest tariffs for cleaners is slightly
below EUR8 per hour.
The private property service industry employs about 70,000 persons.
In Finland agreements on long-term development of wages are rare. In
this case the pressure build up from mounting recruitment problems has
escalated to such an extent that organized employers were moved to
approve such an agreement.
The agreement will mean a considerable increase in property maintenance
costs as some 80 per cent of the industry's
turnover consists of labour costs.