Bitici: An increase in wages in the private sector will be subsidized

Fatmir Bitici - Deputy Prime Minister / Photo: "Sloboden Pechat" - Dragan Mitreski

As part of the ninth package of anti-crisis measures that the Government harmonized at today's session, the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Fatmir Bytyqi indicated that the private sector will be subsidized, with the possibility of salary increases from 3.000 to 10.000 denars.

In contrast to the previous legal solution, with which there was an opportunity to increase salaries in the private sector from 600 to 6.000 denars, Bitici says that the new measure has several limitations, but with the possibility of increasing salaries from 3.000 to 10.000 denars, and for the increased amount the employer will only pay personal income tax on the salary, and will be exempt from paying contributions.

Bitiqi believes that this measure will directly affect the reduction of the informal economy, and as he said, it is part of the activities of the informal economy strategy.

"The limitation is that this measure can be used by all employees who have a salary up to one and a half of the average salary paid for the last three months. This means that if in December, November and October, the average salary paid to an employee is not greater than one and a half average salary, they can use the measure in the next 12 months for an increase in the amount of 3.000 to 10.000 denars, which will be agreed with the employer. In doing so, they receive the release in the same next period", Bitici said at today's press conference, answering a journalist's question.

The Minister of Finance, Fatmir Besimi, in response to a journalist's question, indicated that in support of the student standard, the Government will subsidize 105 students from primary and secondary schools. The minister clarifies that primary school students will be subsidized with 000 denars each, while secondary school students will be subsidized with 1200 denars.

Besimi says the financial support applies to students from vulnerable categories of families, especially for those who are from families with low incomes up to two minimum salaries, ie 50.000 denars total amount of monthly income.

"This provides additional support in these crisis conditions and the measure will be applied during this year, from December and during the next year, for five months. That means the measure will last from December to May," said Besimi.

A similar measure is intended for student transportation, Besimi adds, and it applies to the period until June, because as he said, students have obligations during June as well.

The ninth package of anti-crisis measures will also cover 105.000 students, who will be subsidized.

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