Belarus ranks fourth among CIS countries in terms of average pay in 2009

Average pay was $628 in Russia, $455 in Kazakhstan, $371 in Azerbaijan, $356 in Belarus and $239 in Ukraine. According to the National Statistics Committee,...

Belarus ranked fourth among countries of the 11-member Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in terms of average monthly pay in 2009, Alena Kukharevich, deputy head of the National Statistics Committee, told reporters in Minsk on Thursday, BelaPAN reports.

Average pay was $628 in Russia, $455 in Kazakhstan, $371 in Azerbaijan, $356 in Belarus and $239 in Ukraine, Ms. Kukharevich said.

According to the National Statistics Committee, average pay rose by five percent in the small-business sector last year. Average real (inflation-adjusted) monthly pay reportedly fell by 0.4 percent.

Salaries and wages accounted for 56.4 percent of the total amount of the population's money income, pensions, allowances and benefits for 18.7 percent, property income for 2.6 percent and other income for 22.3 percent.

In 2009, the nation's real per-capita money income reportedly increased by 2.9 percent to 755,300 rubels. The highest rise, 8.6 percent, occurred in the city of Minsk. The Mahilyow region was the one where per-capita money income decreased, by 1.3 percent.

According to Ms. Kukharevich, Belarus' average real pension increased by 0.2 percent in 2009 to 429,500 rubels ($150), compared with $204 in Russia and $192 in Ukraine.