The study reveals regional pay gaps in social and health care

Employees of social and in the public sector in Eastern are the best paid in , says the state’s incubator. On Friday, VATT’s Economic Research Institute published its report on regional pay gaps in the social and health care sector.

The researchers found significant differences in the pay of workers across the country. The lowest average salaries are in the South Savo Welfare Service Province, which includes , Savonlinna and Pieksämäki.

The new welfare service counties will start operations at the beginning of next year as part of the reform of health, social and rescue services. sote. The aim of the reform is to ensure the same levels and levels of care everywhere and at the same time cut administrative costs.

Wage differentials could undermine “sote” reform

However, pay gaps between different provinces make it difficult to achieve these goals, VATT researchers said.

The pay gap between regions is as high as six percent, causing significant differences in the cost of producing services, the institute said.

The highest-paid welfare service province in includes the cities of Porvoo and Loviisa, as well as five smaller municipalities, including , east of Helsinki.

VATT announced that the will use the research as part of efforts to improve the provincial funding model.

Researchers looked at the salaries of 460,000 people across Finland. They found that Southeast Kymenlaakso was closest to the national average.

“As costs account for 69 percent of the € 20 billion production cost of social and health care, pay gaps can cause significant differences in service output prices across municipalities,” said the lead researcher. Teemu Lyytikäinen.

Helsinki, Uusimaa pay less for primary health care, more for specialists and social services

The study also compared the salaries of different sectors in the social and health sectors. This showed that the lowest for primary health care personnel was in Helsinki, which does not belong to the welfare service province, but continues to provide its own services as before.

“With the exception of , primary care personnel receive higher salaries in every county other than Helsinki. Salaries in Helsinki are about six percent below the level of Eastern Uusimaa and Lapland, ”said Lyytikäinen.

He pointed out that this is related to the availability of primary health care personnel outside the metropolitan area, where municipalities have had to attract workers with higher wages and more overtime.

Instead, the salaries of experts are the highest in Helsinki and the surrounding area of ​​Uusimaa.

VATT also observed significant pay gaps in social services. The highest hourly wages for care for the elderly and other income support are less than four per cent in Helsinki and Uusimaa, and elsewhere in the country.

Source: The Nordic Page

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