“This means that in the next four years we have to be able to come together– society, the State, companies – in an effort so that the weight of Portuguese salaries in GDP is, at least, identical to what exists in the European average” , stressed the Prime Minister.

However, this increase in the proportion from 45 percent to 48 percent, calculated the head of the Government, “implies a 20 percent increase in the average salary in the country”. “This is the goal that we have to set ourselves and that we have to be able to collectively achieve,” he added.

“We have to have a medium-term agreement, within the horizon of this legislature, on the perspective of income evolution. The State does not want to be left out of this equation, we know that we can and must make a contribution so that this improvement in income is effective”, he noted.

According to the prime minister, quoted by Lusa, “the State can and must help, with public policies”, in the sense of “increasing the disposable income of families, and in particular of young people, while companies make this effort to significantly increase the wages they pay”.

In 2021, according to data from the National Statistics Institute (INE), the average monthly gross remuneration per worker increased by 3.4 percent, to €1,361.