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06 July 2020, 18:59

Belarusian labor market situation described as quite manageable

MINSK, 6 July (BelTA) – The situation on the Belarusian labor market is quite manageable. Labor and Social Protection Minister Irina Kostevich made the relevant statement on the air of the TV channel STV, BelTA has learned.

The official said that employment in January-March 2020 was on par with last year's. “Changes began in April-May. We saw the problem. In January-May 2020 the number of working Belarusians dropped by 0.2%,” Irina Kostevich said.

In her words, an analysis indicates that employers (large and medium-sized businesses) were reluctant to resort to mass layoffs or to firing people due to unfounded reasons. “We've examined 288 medium and large businesses and saw that 70% of those fired terminated their contracts on mutual consent. A small number of employers violated the Labor Code,” the minister noted.

According to the source, employers resorted to longer downtimes and reduced working hours. The employers opted for these measures in order to keep their workers employed. Forced part-time employment was quadrupled in May. “Yes, it is a massive increase but the most important thing is that people kept their jobs, that the employer kept professionals, who are hard to find on the labor market. It seems to me the employer demonstrated a socially responsible attitude in such cases,” Irina Kostevich said.

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