Actual year-on-year wages in Ukraine fell in October 2009 by 10.9%, while in October 2008 it grew by 4.8% year-over-year, the State Statistics Committee has reported.
According to the committee, the average nominal wage in October 2009 grew by 1.7% from October 2008 and fell by 0.7% from September 2009, to Hr 1,950.
The highest wages in October 2009 were registered in Kyiv city (Hr 3,224), Donetsk region (Hr 2,204), Kyiv region (Hr 2,030), and Dnipropetrovsk region (Hr 2,033), the committee reported.
The lowest wages in October 2009 were in the Ternopil, Volyn and Chernihiv regions (Hr 1,433, Hr 1,459 and Hr 1,487 respectively), the committee added.
The committee said that in October 2009 wages grew by 9.4% at public utility and individual service providing companies, by 34.7% at aviation and water transportation companies, by 11% at postal and communications companies, by 6.6% at the financial companies and by 6.6% in the education sector, while wages plunged by 9.4% in the construction sector, by 6.3% in the state management sphere and by 1.7% in the education sphere.
According to the State Statistics Committee, the total debt in payment of wages in Ukraine as of Nov.1 soared by 40.6% against the debt as of Jan. 1, 2009, reaching Hr 1.67 billion, which is 8% of the monthly wage pool. In October the debt fell by 0.5%.
As of Nov. 1, the share of employees who did not receive wage was 4% of total employees, which is 3.8% up as of Oct. 1, 2009. The average debt per employee is Hr 2,424.
The committee also said that last month the number of employees that went on forced leave shrank by 0.9% compared to Sept. 2009, and the number of employees working for shorter hours went down by 4.8%.
As reported, the average wage in Ukraine in 2008 was Hr 1,806.
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