Living Wage Series - Slovenia - September 2019 - In EUR, per Month

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The Living Wage is based on the concept that work should provide an adequate income to cover the necessary living costs of a family. WageIndicator uses prices from the Cost of Living Survey to calculate Living Wage in more than 70 countries. The Living Wage is an approximate income needed to meet a family’s basic needs including food, housing, transport, health, education, tax deductions and other necessities.

The following table summarises the varying expenditure and income needs for the three commonly occurring family household compositions.

Expenditure and Living Wage calculation (monthly rates in EUR)

  Typical family Standard family Single-adult
  from-to from-to from-to
Food expenses 505-620 560-685 140-170
Housing expenses 420-525 420-525 250-285
Transport expenses 70-74 70-74 35-37
Healthcare expenses 44-120 44-120 11-30
Education expenses 43-145 43-145 0
Other expenses 54-74 57-78 22-26
Total Expenditure 1136-1558 1194-1627 458-548
Net Living Wage 710-974 663-904 458-548
Gross Living Wage 1000-1380 935-1280 645-775

Note: For more details see Living Wage FAQ.


Family Living Wages (monthly rates in EUR)

There is not a single answer to what is the adequate cost of living. The result is complex, as the cost of living varies by household composition, location, and employment pattern. The following table presents the Living Wage estimates for a set of most common family household compositions and under different assumptions about working hours.

Typical family (two parents + 1.6 children, 1.6 working) 1000-1380
Standard family (two parents + 2 children, 1.8 working) 935-1280
Two parents and two children, 2 working 840-1150
Two parents and two children, 1.5 working 1120-1530
Two parents and two children, 1 working 1690-2300
Two parents and three children, 1.6 working 1180-1600
Two parents and four children, 1.6 working 1310-1760
Single-adult without children, 1 working 645-775

Note: Results in the table are rounded.


Living Wages in Context (monthly rates in EUR)

The Minimum Wage is a national legally binding obligation on employers which often make no reference to a living standard. Living Wage describes the adequate living standard. The common goal of the many living wage campaigns currently taking place all over the world is to lift Minimum Wages levels to those of the Living Wages. WageIndicator presents Living Wages jointly with Minimum Wages, aiming to raise awareness concerning the remaining differences in levels. Living Wages are presented in context with other wage indicators including prevailing wages of workers over recent years.

  2016 2017 2018 2019
Minimum wage 790 805 843 887
Living Wage - Single Adult 590-700 580-750 605-750 645-775
Living Wage - Typical Family 925-1260 925-1330 950-1330 1000-1380
Real wage of low-skilled worker 770-855 780-870 820-910 805-940
Real wage of medium-skilled worker 885-1060 915-1100 920-1090 945-1190
Real wage of high-skilled worker 1290-1660 1350-1750 1400-1800 1410-1910

Note: Table shows the lowest monthly Minimum Wage in a country, when available. Reported monthly earnings of workers in low-, medium-, and high-skilled occupations are obtained from the voluntary WageIndicator web survey on work and wages. Results in the table are rounded.


Food basket and food prices in EUR

The food expenditure is the main component of Living Wage and it is determined by the price of food basket. The food prices are taken from WageIndicator Cost of Living Survey which collects the actual prices of all items necessary to calculate the Living Wage. The composition of the food basket is taken from the national food balance sheets published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The food basket is scaled to 2,100 calories per person per day that is the nutritional requirement for good health proposed by World Bank (Handbook on poverty and inequality, 2009).

Food item Grams per day Energy (kcal) Price per kilo
Wheat, barley and cereals products 239 694 2-2.4
Rice 9 31 1-1.5
Meat (beef, pork, poultry) 163 228 6-8
Oils (soyabean, olive, palm) 24 206 -
Sugar (Raw Equivalent) 53 165 -
Milk - Excluding Butter 512 225 .8-.9
Vegetables, Other 134 37 .8-1
Potatoes and products 116 74 .5-.7
Butter, Ghee 15 106 -
Egg (price per 10 eggs) 20 29 17-20
Sunflowerseed Oil 8 69 -
Fish products 23 16 -
Beer (0.5 liter/pint) 162 80 -
Beans 2 6 -
Bananas 26 16 1.1-1.2
Apples and products 75 33 1-1.3
Tomatoes and products 25 5 1.5-1.8
Onions 16 5 .7-.9
Oranges, Mandarines 31 8 1.2-1.4
Wine (bottle) 21 15 -
Pineapples and products 4 2 -
Cream 18 36 7-9
Honey 4 10 -
Coffee and products 13 6 -


WageIndicator Living Wage background:

The WageIndicator Living Wage is set to provide acceptable living standard to a family of a particular size. WageIndicator presents Living Wages for several household types and working hours which reflect the most frequently found real situations in which people have to make a living: 1. Typical family Living Wage is a baseline estimate that respects the country specific conditions. Typical family is comprised of two adults and the number of children is given by country specific fertility rate (the average number of children a woman is expected to have during her lifespan). One adult is working full-time and the working hours of second adult are approximated by national employment rate. The total income earned by two adults paid living wage is sufficient to reach adequate living standard. 2. Standard family Living Wage is estimated for a family composed of two adults and two children (referred to as family 2+2). Living wage is calculated under different assumptions about working hours. These include that both adults work full-time (family employment rate is 2), or at least one adult works part-time or half-time (family employment rate is 1.8 and 1.5), or one adult does not work at all (i.e. patriarchal model with family employment 1). Alternatives refer to trade-offs between leisure and work and define what living wage represents. In every case the total income earned by two adults paid living wage is sufficient to reach adequate living standard. 3. Extended family Living Wage includes family with three or four children. One adult works full-time and the work intensity of second parent is approximated by national employment rate. 4. Individual Living Wage represents an acceptable standard of living for a single individual working full-time.

Data sources: WageIndicator Cost of Living Survey, World Bank Databank Fertility rate 2010-2014, ILO Estimated participation rate in 2017, FAO Food balance sheet in 2013.

WageIndicator useful links:

Publication Guzi, M., & Kahanec, M. (2019). Living Wage Globally. Amsterdam, WageIndicator Foundation
WageIndicator Wages in Context Map with the latest updates
All You Always wanted to Know about Living Wages



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