Ukraine - Living Wages, August 2017. Per Month in UAH

The Living Wage is based on the concept that work should provide an adequate income to cover the necessary living costs of a family. WageIndicator calculates Living Wage for around 50 countries based on prices collected within the WageIndicator Cost of Living Survey. The Living Wage calculated by WageIndicator is composed of seven parts: food, housing, transport, health, education, tax and other costs.

WageIndicator presents Living Wages for several household types and working hours to respond to different demands for living wage information: Typical family Living Wage is a baseline estimate that respects the country specific conditions. Family includes two adults and the number of children is given by country specific fertility rate (1.5 children per woman). One parent is working full-time and the working hours of second parent are approximated by national employment rate (62% in 2017). Standard family Living Wage is estimated for a family composed of two adults and two children. One parent is employed full-time and the second parent works 4 days a week it means family employment rate is 1.8. Single-adult Living Wage represents an acceptable standard of living for a single individual working full-time with no dependents.

Expenditure and Living Wage calculation (monthly rates in UAH)

  Typical family   Standard family   Single-adult  
  from to from to from to
Food 2370 3100 2700 3540 675 885
Housing 1250 2000 1250 2000 1080 1700
Transport 190 300 190 300 95 150
Health 300 500 300 500 75 125
Education 350 500 350 500 0 0
Other costs 225 320 240 340 96 145
Total Expenditure 4685 6720 5030 7180 2021 3005
Net Living Wage 2928 4200 2794 3989 2021 3005
Gross Living Wage 3602 5166 3437 4906 2486 3696

Note: For more details see Living Wage FAQ.

Family Living Wages (monthly rates in UAH)

There is not a single answer to what is the adequate cost of living. The result is complex, as the cost of living varies by household composition, location, and employment pattern. The following table presents the Living Wage estimates for a set of common household compositions and under different assumptions about working hours.

  from to
Typical family (two parents + 1.5 children, 1.6 working) 3600 5170
Standard family (two parents + 2 children, 1.8 working) 3440 4910
Two parents and two children, 2 working 3100 4420
Two parents and two children, 1.5 working 4130 5890
Two parents and two children, 1 working 6190 8830
Two parents and three children, 1.6 working 4420 6240
Two parents and four children, 1.6 working 4960 6950
Single-adult without children, 1 working 2490 3700

Note: Results in the table are rounded.

Living Wages in Context (monthly rates in UAH)

Living Wages are presented in context with other wage indicators including minimum wage, poverty line, and various prevailing wages of workers. Table shows the development of income levels over two years.

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  from to from to from to from to
Minimum wage 1218 . 1378 . 1450 . 3200 .
Living Wage - Typical Family 3890 5610 . . 3720 5330 3600 5170
Living Wage - Single Adult 3290 4560 . . 2970 4280 2490 3700
Real wage of low-skilled worker 1800 2470 1970 2650 2050 2880 2520 3420
Real wage of medium-skilled worker 2280 3350 2500 3670 2750 4050 3350 4700
Real wage of high-skilled worker 2570 3820 2860 4260 3220 4750 3830 5490

Note: Reported monthly earnings of workers in low-, medium-, and high-skilled occupations are obtained from the voluntary WageIndicator web surveys on work and wages over the last 36 months. Results in the table are rounded.

Living Wage model diet and food prices in UAH

The food expenditure is the main component of Living Wage and it is determined by the price of food basket. The food prices are taken from WageIndicator Cost of Living Survey which collects the actual prices of all items necessary to calculate the Living Wage. The composition of the food basket is taken from the national food balance sheets published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The food basket is scaled to 2,100 calories per person per day that is the nutritional requirement for good health proposed by World Bank (Handbook on poverty and inequality, 2009).

Food itemGrams per dayEnergy (kcal)Price per kilo fromto
Wheat, barley and cereals 239 665 9 12
Rice 6 20 11 16
Meat (beef, pork, poultry) 111 174 48 60
Oils (soyabean, olive, palm) 4 33 25 28.5
Sugar (Raw Equivalent) 77 273 10 12
Maize and products 20 55 6 7.5
Milk - Excluding Butter 278 165 9 10
Vegetables, Other 190 50 12 20
Potatoes and products 260 174 4 5.5
Butter, Ghee 10 71 65 72
Groundnuts (Shelled Eq) 6 20 33 50
Pulses, Other and products 0 0 13.5 20
Egg (price per 10 eggs) 34 48 200 13
Sunflowerseed Oil 20 181 28 30
Fish products 33 22 35 48
Beer 107 52 16 24
Sweeteners, Other 9 21 10 12
Sweet potatoes 0 0 5 5
Bananas 11 7 18 23
Soyabeans 0 0 15 21.5
Apples and products 21 10 8 11
Tomatoes and products 82 14 16 25
Onions 42 13 5 7
Oranges, Mandarines 18 5 11 15
Peas 3 10 8 10
Roots, Other 0 0 7.9 10
Wine 8 6 46.7 56
Pineapples and products 1 1 . .
Cream 0 0 25 50
Olives (including preserved) 1 1 45 70
Honey 2 6 65 100
Citrus, Other 0 0 20 25
Lemons, Limes and products 3 1 25 32
Tea (including mate) 1 1 100 170
Grapefruit and products 2 0 19 25
Coffee and products 3 1 100 200

Data sources:

Living Wage FAQ.

WageIndicator Cost of Living Survey

World Bank Databank, Fertility rate – average births per woman in years 2010-2014

ILO, Estimated participation rate in 2017

FAO, Food balance sheet in 2013 

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