Uruguay

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LABOUR MARKET

 

 

Labour market indicators

Unemployment rate in 2001: 15.3% (ILO data)


Working population:

Year

Total Population

Working population

Activity rate

2004  

3 399 400  
1 549 039  
46%  
Source : Worldbank


Employment by sector:

Year

Agriculture

Industry

Services

2003  

4.5%  
21.5%  
73.9%  
Sources: ILO, Eurostat, last available data

 

Employment contracts
Employment contracts are regulated by Law. Collective agreements and individual negotiations complement it.
The terms of employment contracts are flexible.


Salaries

National monthly minimum wage as of 01/01/02: 1,092 pesos (US$ 80)

Average wage for a employee in the manufacturing industry in 1996: 6057 pesos by  month (ILO data)


Social security contributions

Employer: 18.5 %.

Employee: 24 %.

 

Number of hours

Legal definition of full time work (per week): The standard workweek is 48 hours in industry and 44 hours in commerce

Retirement age: 60

 

Unions

Average rate of union membership:12 %.

Unions: The Unitarian Federation ( PIT-CNT ) is the organization that co-ordinates trade union representatives. It puts pressure on the government.


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


Last modified in January 2006
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