MOST workers saw their pay packets decrease marginally last year although workers in IT, industry and administration have seen a steady increase in wages over the past four years, according to the latest CSO figures.
All workers in the private, public and industrial sectors took home 0.3pc less in average weekly earnings in the last quarter of 2012 compared with the same period the previous year, from €697.65 in 2011 to €695.80 in 2012.
There was a similar decrease in hourly wages over the same time period, with average hourly rates down to €21.96 in the last quarter of 2012 compared with €22.03 in the last quarter of 2011.
However, workers in the information technology and communication sectors saw their pay increase by more than 4pc over the course of the recession, from an average of €959.86 per week in the last quarter of 2008 to €1,000.88 per week at the end of 2012.
Workers in administrative and support services also saw an increase of 3.1pc over the past four years. Industrial workers also saw modest pay increases of 1.3pc over the past four years.
Not surprisingly, construction workers took the biggest hit in pay over the course of the recession, with an average 11.1pc decrease.
However, some construction workers saw their pay rates regain some ground with an increase of 5.8pc between the end of 2011 and the same period in 2012.
Due to the small statistical size of the sample studied – just over 100 respondents – the figures don't point to any actual trend, according to a spokesman for the Construction Industry Federation.
"Anyone who is still working and maturing in their career would be advancing anyway in their earnings," he said.
Conversely, professionals, including those in law and accountancy saw the greatest decline in their wages last year of 6.5pc.
The only thing that hasn't changed is the hours of work, with the average worker working 31.7 paid hours per week last year.
The statistical analysis of earnings and labour costs also revealed there were 9,100 fewer workers employed in the public sector in 2012 compared with the previous year for a total of 381,000.