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How much Ukrainian ministers get paid?

Author : Olexiy Doroshenko

In 2018, the salary of Ukrainian ministers ranged between 460 and 3,200 USD
22:15, 17 April 2019

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In 2018, the salary of Ukrainian ministers ranged between 460 and 3,200 USD.

Earlier, we have discussed the average incomes of the ministry heads, according to the data from the Parliamentary Office for Financial and Economic Analysis. So it which amounted to 2,500 USD for the first half of last year.

But each ministry has a different approach to this issue. Sometimes it is very creative. In the past years, bonuses have been a significant source of income for ministers and their deputies.

The rate of the bonuses at some ministries amount to 100% to 300% of salary. For example, they reached 350% of the salary in the Ministry of Finance in 2017, and 230% in the Ministry of Economic Development. The lowest bonuses were in the Ministries of Social and Agrarian Policy – only 50% of the salary.

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January 1, 2019, the norm of the Law on Civil Service came into force; according to it, a civil servant cannot receive bonuses which would exceed 30% of his salary.

By the middle of 2018, the monthly income of the management of the ministries amounted to 2,300 USD. But even here, only an average value exists, since some officials received only 460 USD per month (including all bonuses), while the others received 3,300 USD. And in some months these figures could be even higher.

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But junior officials at the ministries – the specialists – receive 500 USD, which is not much higher than the average Kyiv salary – 460 USD. At the same time, the monthly income of a specialist starts from 375 USD and does not exceed 700 USD.

That is, the difference between the lowest and the highest indicator was 4.6 times. In 2017, the average salary of a minister or his deputy was 1,850 USD, and a specialist received 350 USD. The ratio between them then reached 5.4 times. This suggests that material remuneration has become more equitably distributed.

This analysis of the Parliamentary Office for Financial and Economic Analysis covers 16 ministries of 18, that is 6,600 employees. The Ministry of Veterans Affairs was created only at the end of last year, and the Ministry of Regional Development and Justice did not provide information on wages.

 

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By the way, the staff number of 16 ministries hasn’t actually changed over the year, amounting to 6,575 people in 2017.

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