Statistically, wages in Belarus continue to grow
In March 2015, the average monthly wage in Belarus totalled BYR 6 483700 (USD 441) – increased by USD 40 compared with February 2015. Despite a further fall in industrial production wages have increased in all industries. Wage growth will continue: due to the expected inflation rate exceeding 5% level, wages in the public sector will be adjusted accordingly. However further wage growth will be limited by financial capabilities of enterprises. Many more companies might delay wages. Due to the rapid growth of part-time employment and wider practices of sending workers on unpaid leave, methodology for calculating average wage may be adjusted in order to show statistical wage growth.
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.