In Q3 2015 Belarusian government will step up control over timely payment of wages
In late July 2015, wage arrears decreased by 19.6% or by BYR 80.8 billion compared with the beginning of the month. In view of measures aiming to stimulate the economy and the upcoming harvesting campaign, wage arrears in agriculture and industry would continue to decrease. Meanwhile, the state controllers will enhance control over timely provision of data regarding wage arrears and increase the number of unscheduled inspections at enterprises. If a state enterprise fails to repay debts on wages due to the lack of funds, it may receive a loan from the state in order to pay wages to workers.
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.