Belarusian state is not interested in supporting unemployed
Minister of Labour and Social Protection Marianna Shchetkina told lawmakers that unemployment benefits would not increase in Belarus in the near future. It should be noted, that strengthening social protection for the most vulnerable parts of society was one of the proposals within the new stand-by programme for structural reforms elaborated jointly with the IMF. Higher unemployment benefits may lead to a substantial increase in official unemployment rates and, accordingly, to additional budgetary costs. If tension in society increases due to growing unemployment rates, the state might review and mitigate some provisions of the controversial decree on social dependents (parasites).
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.