Living Wage Series - Belarus - January 2018 - In Belarussian Ruble, per Month

Living wages, Wages in context - Belarus

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 60 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 Belarussian Ruble)

  Typical family Standard family Single-adult
  from-to from-to from-to
Food 310-440 345-490 86-120
Housing 80-115 80-115 50-76
Transport 36-46 36-46 18-23
Health 30-50 30-50 8-13
Education 30-59 30-59 0
Other costs 24-35 26-38 8-12
Total Expenditure 510-745 547-798 170-244
Net Living Wage 319-466 304-443 170-244
Gross Living Wage 370-540 355-515 195-280

Note: For more details see Living Wage FAQ.

Family Living Wages (monthly rates in Belarussian Ruble)

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.

Typical family (two parents + 1.6 children, 1.6 working) 370-540
Standard family (two parents + 2 children, 1.8 working) 355-515
Two parents and two children, 2 working 315-465
Two parents and two children, 1.5 working 425-615
Two parents and two children, 1 working 635-925
Two parents and three children, 1.6 working 460-670
Two parents and four children, 1.6 working 530-760
Single-adult without children, 1 working 195-280

Note: Results in the table are rounded.

Living Wages in Context (monthly rates in Belarussian Ruble)

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.

  2015 2016 2017 2018
Minimum wage 210 230 265 265
Living Wage - Single Adult 310-490 350-485 355-495 195-285
Living Wage - Typical Family 490-750 525-725 530-735 370-540
Real wage of low-skilled worker 240-325 270-375 270-375 295-395
Real wage of medium-skilled worker 305-430 325-475 340-500 365-520
Real wage of high-skilled worker 350-490 375-540 395-570 420-590

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.

Food basket and food prices in Belarussian Ruble

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
Wheat, barley and cereals products 203 552 1.2-1.7
Rice 6 21 1-1.3
Meat (beef, pork, poultry) 183 296 4.9-7
Oils (soyabean, olive, palm) 20 176 2-2.3
Sugar (Raw Equivalent) 71 201 1-1.2
Maize and products 1 3 .9-1.2
Milk - Excluding Butter 252 121 .8-.9
Vegetables, Other 214 56 1.5-3
Potatoes and products 346 231 .5-.6
Butter, Ghee 13 96 2-6.5
Groundnuts (Shelled Eq) 7 21 4-6
Pulses, Other and products 0 0 1.2-2
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 100 49 2.6-3.2
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 2-3
Onions 29 9 .6-.8
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 3-4
Wine 16 12 5.3-6.7
Pineapples and products 2 1 2.8-3.9
Cream 0 0 2.5-7
Olives (including preserved) 1 1 5.3-6
Honey 1 2 8-10
Citrus, Other 0 0 2-2.3
Lemons, Limes and products 2 0 2.5-3
Tea (including mate) 1 0 8-11
Grapefruit and products 3 1 2.1-2.5
Coffee and products 3 1 9-13

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.