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Average annual earnings fall by €212

Average Irish worker earned €35,905 in 2011 before tax, down from €36,117 in 2010.

AVERAGE ANNUAL EARNINGS fell by 0.6 per cent in 2011 to €35,905, according to the Central Statistics Office.

The average Irish worker made €212 less before tax than in 2010, as total annual earnings for the year fell two per cent to €54.9bn from €56bn in 2010.

The Financial, insurance and real estate sector boasted the highest earnings, at €50,985. It was followed by Public Administration and Defence, where annual earnings averaged €47,060.

Earnings were lowest in the Accommodation and food services sector at €16,910, 6.7 per cent lower than in 2008.

Of 13 employment sectors covered by the CSO, average earnings were down in eight. The largest percentage decrease was in the Arts, entertainment, recreation and other service activities sector, which decreased by 6.5 per cent. The largest increase was in Education, where average annual earnings rose 1.7 per cent.

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