What Crisis? Istrian Municipality Enjoys Wages High Above Croatian Average

Lauren Simmonds

As Novac writes on the 5th of February, 2020, when looking at the paid net salaries of employees of Istrian companies for the last year, the most ”handsome” income is in the municipality of Rasa – 9,088 kuna. Salaries in this municipality, with a little more than 3,000 inhabitants, are almost 30 percent higher than the Croatian average, which amounted to around 6,500 kuna last year.

According to a report from local portal Glas Istre (the Voice of Istria), the largest number of companies were recorded in Pula, wa total of 2,968 of them with 14,890 employees working for them. Second place is occupied by Porec with 1,383 companies and 10,787 employees, in third place comes Rovinj with 910 companies and 5,315 employees.

The average net wages paid by these employers are the highest in Rovinj with a net wage of 7,140 kuna, ​​Vodnjan with 7,015 kuna, Novigrad with 6,238 kuna, Porec with 5,764 kuna, Pula with 5,568 kuna, and Umag with an average salary of 4,765 coming in last place.

However, when it comes to companies located in municipalities, employers with the highest net salaries can be boasted of in the Istrian municipality of Rasa with 9,088 kuna, followed by Lupoglav with 7,121 kuna and Vrsar with 7,015 kuna.

Otherwise, the average net salary paid to an employee in the whole of Istria amounted to 5,699 kuna, or 3.4 percent more than in 2017, and 2 percent more than the Croatian average salary at the level of employees in companies, which was 5,584 kuna. In 2018, there were 11,006 companies with 53,948 employees operating in the territory of Istria in 41 cities and municipalities, which is 8.9 percent more than there were back in 2017.

The largest development trend was recorded in Porec, which in 2011 had 5,868 registered legal entities, and at the end of 2018 as many as 7,546. Following is Rovinj, which has grown from 4,660 to 5,416 legal entities, Vodnjan grew from 528 to 1,043 legal entities and Pula experienced an increase from 22,183 to 22,936 legal entities.

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