Since the 2008 economic crisis, austerity has slowed the growth of wages in European countries. In the vast majority of EU member states, wages are stagnating or falling.
The effects of the crisis are still being felt, with Germany, Bulgaria and Poland the only EU countries where wages have grown since 2008.
Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Cyprus, Austria and Finland are the only member states not to have established a minimum wage. But the rates and evolution of wages vary greatly from one country to another.