Pay packets for health staff falling behind
Wages of public sector workers who look after the sick and children are lagging behind while other sectors rise.
Average weekly earnings rose to €707.99 in the first quarter of 2016, up 1.1pc from €700.63 a year ago.
Private sector workers saw their average weekly earnings increase by 2.2pc to €654 in the first three months of this year.
Workers in the financial, insurance and real estate sector received the largest percentage increase of 6.9pc to €1,1612.
However, the figures released by the CSO showed not every sector of society has benefited.
Over the five-year period from 2011 to 2016, workers in the area of human health and social work have suffered the biggest loss of earnings on 6.1pc.
Those working in education suffered the second biggest loss of 5.4pc since 2011.