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Society at a Glance 2006

OECD Social Indicators

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OECD's biennial stocktaking of social indicators of OECD countries, this unique publication has been revised to be structurally similar to OECD's annual Factbook.  For each of the almost 40 indicators provided, a two-page spread shows on the left side definitions of indicators and commentaries on trends, while the right side shows tables and graphs highlighting key messages found in the data. This edition includes general context indicators such as income per capita, self-sufficiency indicators such as mothers in paid employment; equity indicators such as gender wage gaps; health indicators such as sick-related absences from work; and social cohesion indicators such as trust in political institutions. This edition includes StatLinks, URLs under each table and graph that link to Excel spreadsheets containing the underlying data.

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Tax Wedge on Labour

The measure of the tax wedge on labour presented in this section is defined as the difference between the salary costs of a single “average worker” to their employer and the amount of net income (“take-home-pay”) that the worker receives. The taxes included are personal income taxes, compulsory social security contributions paid by both employees and employers, as well as payroll taxes for the few countries that have them. The amount of these taxes is expressed as a percentage of the total labour costs for firms, i.e. the sum of gross earnings, employers’ social security contributions and payroll taxes. The “average worker” is taken to represent a full-time worker in industry sectors C-K of the International Standard Industrial Classification (ISIC) of All Economic Activities, Revision 3.

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