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LABOUR MARKET

 

 

Labour market indicators

Unemployment rate in 2004: 6,70% (ILO data)


Working population:

Year

Total Population

Working population

Activity rate

2004  

10 436 000  
5 488 000  
53%  
Source : Worldbank


Employment by sector:

Year

Agriculture

Industry

Services

2004  

10.9%  
38.1%  
51%  
Sources: ILO, Eurostat, last available data

 

Employment contracts
Legal clauses regulate employment contracts and to a lesser degree collective agreements and individual negotiations.
The terms of employment contracts, the conditions for hiring and the limits for dismissal are extremely rigid.


Salaries

National monthly minimum wage as of 01/01/2004: 365.60 euros

Average wage for a wage earner in the manufacturing industry in 2004: 3.87 euros by  hour (ILO data)


Social security contributions

Employer: 23.75 %.

Employee: 11 %.

 

Number of hours

Legal definition of full time work (per week): 39 hours

Retirement age: 65

 

Unions

Unions: The main trade unions are the CGTP (Intersindical Nacional) and the UGT (Uni„o Geral de Trabalhadores).


Useful links

For further informations on the labour market, check out the following web sites:

- International Labour Organization (ILO): studies, statistics and reports on working conditions and labour markets

- NATLEX : ILO database on national labour laws

- Ministry for Social Security & Work

- BIR Portugal 2002 (PDF file)

- AssociaÁŠo Industrial Portuguesa - AIP


Last modified in January 2006
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