Labour law

Minimum pay used as tool for political goals

The government is resorting to all kinds of ways to raise its social profile ahead of the general election, using the increase in the minimum wage as its main instrument. This is because the upcoming interventions in salaries and handouts are expected to affect millions of citizens, and even middle-class households.

Bulgarian Government Will Discuss a New Minimum Wage For the Country Today

At a regular meeting, the government will discuss a new minimum wage for the country, reported bTV. 

The planned increase is going to be from 510 BGN to 560 BGN from 1 January. Social Minister Biser Petkov explained that he expects to keep the trend of growth in the average salary.

Starting July 1, 2019, the minimum pension will grow by 5.7% to 219 BGN.

Average wage rose in public sector in 2014-2017, fell in private

The best employer in Greece was the public sector in the period from 2014 to 2017, during which time the average wage for contract and non-permanent staff rose 16.7 percent, according to data from the Labor Ministry's Ergani database.

The average wage in the public sector totalled 1,502 euros in 2017 compared with 1,286.6 euros in 2014, the data showed.