Average pay in Belarus fallen since December 2013
According to the National Statistics Committee, in June 2014 the average salary in Belarus was BYR 6 198.5 thousand, or USD 608.
In December 2013, the average salary was USD 615, meaning that wage growth is restrained in the public sector and wage growth capacity is limited in the private sector. Retail sales are anticipated to slow down, as well as their positive influence on GDP growth. Labour outflow to the Customs Union and other countries will increase, and the share of expenditure on services in household consumption will rise due to higher prices. Civil servants’ wages will be increased, but not enough to compensate for the inflation rate.
According to Belstat, in August 7,600 people were dismissed, including 4,800 civil servants. Dismissals of civil servants were due to the optimisation in the public administration by up to 30%. Some civil servants would retain their job however would lose the status of a civil servant. Vacancies on the labour market are likely to reduce in number, thanks to the optimisation, the state administration would increase wages for public servants. The payroll fund for retained employees is likely to increase and some former state employees are likely to get jobs in affiliated organizations. The optimisation of the state apparatus should complete by January 1st, 2018, and some former civil servants are likely to join the ranks of the unemployed.