Living Wage Series - Belarus - September 2019 - In Belarussian Ruble, per Month

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 uses prices from the Cost of Living Survey to calculate Living Wage in more than 70 countries. The Living Wage is an approximate income needed to meet a family’s basic needs including food, housing, transport, health, education, tax deductions and other necessities.

The following table summarises the varying expenditure and income needs for the three commonly occurring family household compositions.

Expenditure and Living Wage calculation (monthly rates in BYN)

  Typical family Standard family Single-adult
  from-to from-to from-to
Food expenses 330-455 355-490 89-125
Housing expenses 70-150 70-150 59-150
Transport expenses 45-50 45-50 22-25
Healthcare expenses 30-50 30-50 8-13
Education expenses 40-59 40-59 0
Other expenses 26-38 27-40 9-15
Total Expenditure 541-802 567-839 187-328
Net Living Wage 338-501 315-466 187-328
Gross Living Wage 390-580 365-540 215-380

Note: For more details see Living Wage FAQ.

 

Family Living Wages (monthly rates in BYN)

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 most common family household compositions and under different assumptions about working hours.

  from-to
Typical family (two parents + 1.7 children, 1.6 working) 390-580
Standard family (two parents + 2 children, 1.8 working) 365-540
Two parents and two children, 2 working 330-485
Two parents and two children, 1.5 working 440-650
Two parents and two children, 1 working 660-975
Two parents and three children, 1.6 working 480-705
Two parents and four children, 1.6 working 550-795
Single-adult without children, 1 working 215-380

Note: Results in the table are rounded.

 

Living Wages in Context (monthly rates in BYN)

The Minimum Wage is a national legally binding obligation on employers which often make no reference to a living standard. Living Wage describes the adequate living standard. The common goal of the many living wage campaigns currently taking place all over the world is to lift Minimum Wages levels to those of the Living Wages. WageIndicator presents Living Wages jointly with Minimum Wages, aiming to raise awareness concerning the remaining differences in levels. Living Wages are presented in context with other wage indicators including prevailing wages of workers over recent years.

  2016 2017 2018 2019
Minimum wage 230 265 305 330
Living Wage - Single Adult - - - 215-380
Living Wage - Typical Family - - - 390-580
Real wage of low-skilled worker 275-390 285-400 290-400 360-495
Real wage of medium-skilled worker 325-480 340-495 355-510 435-630
Real wage of high-skilled worker 375-545 390-565 400-570 500-720

Note: Table shows the lowest monthly Minimum Wage in a country, when available. Reported monthly earnings of workers in low-, medium-, and high-skilled occupations are obtained from the voluntary WageIndicator web survey on work and wages. Results in the table are rounded.

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Food basket and food prices in BYN

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 item Grams per day Energy (kcal) Price per kilo
Wheat, barley and cereals products 203 552 1.2-1.7
Rice 6 21 1-1.4
Meat (beef, pork, poultry) 183 296 4.8-7
Oils (soyabean, olive, palm) 20 176 2-2.3
Sugar (Raw Equivalent) 71 201 1.1-1.2
Maize and products 1 3 .9-1
Milk - Excluding Butter 252 121 .8-1
Vegetables, Other 214 56 1.5-3
Potatoes and products 346 231 .6-.8
Butter, Ghee 13 96 7-8
Groundnuts (Shelled Eq) 7 21 4.5-6
Pulses, Other and products 0 0 1.5-5
Egg (price per 10 eggs) 30 42 1.3-1.5
Sunflowerseed Oil 15 132 2-2.4
Fish products 31 21 4-5
Beer (0.5 liter/pint) 100 49 2.6-3
Sweeteners, Other 2 8 1-1.2
Sweet potatoes 0 0 1.3-2
Bananas 15 9 1.7-2
Soyabeans 1 2 2-3
Apples and products 50 22 1-1.4
Tomatoes and products 42 8 2.4-3
Onions 29 9 .7-.9
Oranges, Mandarines 20 6 2.2-2.5
Plantains 0 0 1.4-2
Roots, Other 0 0 1-1.5
Seeds and kernels 0 0 3.5-5
Wine (bottle) 16 12 6.7-9.3
Pineapples and products 2 1 3-3.6
Cream 0 0 3-6.6
Olives (including preserved) 1 1 4.5-6
Honey 1 2 8-10
Citrus, Other 0 0 2-2.3
Lemons, Limes and products 2 0 3-3
Tea (including mate) 1 0 8-10
Grapefruit and products 3 1 2.5-2.5
Coffee and products 3 1 8-15

 

WageIndicator Living Wage background:

The WageIndicator Living Wage is set to provide acceptable living standard to a family of a particular size. WageIndicator presents Living Wages for several household types and working hours which reflect the most frequently found real situations in which people have to make a living: 1. Typical family Living Wage is a baseline estimate that respects the country specific conditions. Typical family is comprised of two adults and the number of children is given by country specific fertility rate (the average number of children a woman is expected to have during her lifespan). One adult is working full-time and the working hours of second adult are approximated by national employment rate. The total income earned by two adults paid living wage is sufficient to reach adequate living standard. 2. Standard family Living Wage is estimated for a family composed of two adults and two children (referred to as family 2+2). Living wage is calculated under different assumptions about working hours. These include that both adults work full-time (family employment rate is 2), or at least one adult works part-time or half-time (family employment rate is 1.8 and 1.5), or one adult does not work at all (i.e. patriarchal model with family employment 1). Alternatives refer to trade-offs between leisure and work and define what living wage represents. In every case the total income earned by two adults paid living wage is sufficient to reach adequate living standard. 3. Extended family Living Wage includes family with three or four children. One adult works full-time and the work intensity of second parent is approximated by national employment rate. 4. Individual Living Wage represents an acceptable standard of living for a single individual working full-time.

Data sources: WageIndicator Cost of Living Survey, World Bank Databank Fertility rate 2010-2014, ILO Estimated participation rate in 2017, FAO Food balance sheet in 2013.

WageIndicator useful links:

Publication Guzi, M., & Kahanec, M. (2019). Estimating Living Wage Globally. Amsterdam, WageIndicator Foundation
WageIndicator Wages in Context Map with the latest updates
All You Always wanted to Know about Living Wages
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