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24 May 2023, 12:35

Pay raise for workers named key task for Belarus' government in 2023

MINSK, 24 May (BelTA) – The key task for the government this year is to create conditions for increasing salaries, First Deputy Prime Minister Nikolai Snopkov said at the joint meeting of the House of Representatives and the Council of the Republic on 24 May, BelTA has learned.

“The key task for the government this year is to create conditions for a salary raise and thus reduce personnel outflow and retain labor collectives. Workers in the real sector of the economy could get a pay raise only if their labor productivity grew. However, this condition has been removed. Companies operating at a profit can pay the necessary level of salaries,” Nikolai Snopkov said.

There are no significant off-balances in the productivity-salary ratio. This ratio has been close to one (0.98-0.99) for a long time, which is a testimony to a reasonable and moderate remuneration policy by company heads,” he informed. “The measures taken have allowed achieving a 0.6% growth in real salaries by December last year (December 2022 to December 2021). In the first quarter this year, the growth trend remains in place: it stands at 1.7% in the economy as a whole, and 3.1% at state-funded organizations. I would like to emphasize that this is the rise in real salaries, that is taking into account inflation,” the first deputy prime minister noted.

“The average salary in January-March this year reached Br1,731, the highest in ten years,” added Nikolai Snopkov. “The government is monitoring the efforts to fulfill the president's instruction to gradually increase salaries for blue-color workers. To this end, the minimum salary was raised by 21% on 1 January. Now it stands at Br554,” the official added.

This year salaries in the public sector will grow on the back of a gradual increase in the base rate, as well as by means of targeted pay raises for certain groups of public sector employees (doctors, nurses, teachers, social workers, people working in culture and sports).

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