Base salary increased last year. It grew by 1.6% in companies with 10 or more employees, compared to a 1.4% increase recorded at the end of 2017, according to figures published at the end of August by the Direction of the Animation of Research, Studies and Research. of Statistics (DARES), attached to the Ministry of Labor. However, in relation to the evolution of purchasing power, the basic monthly wage (SMB) – monthly gross salary excluding bonuses and benefits in kind – remained stable in 2018, insofar as the consumer price index Excluding tobacco also rose 1.6% last year. This stagnation follows a rise in purchasing power of the SMB of 0.4% in 2017 and 1% in 2016.
As in previous years, the increase in basic wages was more pronounced in the first quarter (+ 0.7%) – whatever the socio-professional categories – compared to the following quarters. This trend can be explained by the revaluation of the Smic every year on January 1st, as well as by the minimum increases of professional branches at the beginning of the year.
In 2018, blue-collar workers and executives enjoyed the largest increase in SMBs (+ 1.7% each), while employees had to settle for an increase of 1.3%. Minimum wages have on the whole less progressed last year than in 2017. In 2018, 9.9 million employees benefited from an increase in minimums, against 11.7 million the previous year.
Here are the 11 professional branches that benefited from the largest increase in base monthly wages in 2018: