Friday, January 12 2018 19:16
Alina Hovhannisyan

Expert: In conditions of inflation, the indexation of salaries will be advisable

Expert: In conditions of inflation, the indexation of salaries will be advisable

ArmInfo. Taking into account the inflationary tendencies in Armenia, it will be expedient to index salaries of civil servants or increase cash benefits for socially vulnerable layers of the population. This was stated by Atom Margaryan, economist, head of the Center for Innovative and Institutional Research at the YSU, during a press conference on January 12.

According to him, the program of actions of the Cabinet of Karen Karapetyan in 2016 envisaged a reduction in the expenses of the state apparatus, but in 2017 due to these reserves, the increase in wages in Armenia did not take place. "You could at least index the wages in proportion to inflation, which in 2017 was about 2.6%, in order to partially compensate for the loss of income of the population associated with inflationary trends. This is a long-accepted practice in the world. I do not think that to find 5-6 billion drams to raise salaries for at least 2-3 thousand drams is such a difficult task," Margaryan said. At the same time, he noted that the private sector can raise salaries, in particular by issuing a 13th salary or other bonuses.

In addition, according to the economist, additional funds could be invested in the budget in the fight against corruption and shadow. In this regard, Margaryan recalled, according to the estimates of international experts, the share of corruption in Armenia's GDP is about 10% (about $ 1 billion). "To put it mildly, the state machinery remains ineffective, the realized expenses in the spheres are doubtful, and the policy is tough and unsatisfactory," he concluded.

According to the National Statistical Service of Armenia, the nominal wage in Armenia accelerated the rate of growth - from 2% in Jan-Nov 2016 to 2.6% in Jan-Nov 2017, amounting to 189631 AMD ($ 393).  Wages in the public sector in Jan-Nov 2017 amounted to 159 270 AMD ($ 330), unchanged over the year, against the deterioration of the dynamics a year earlier - from 9.7% growth to 1.2% decline. At the same time, the growth rates of wages in the private sector continue to slow down to 3.6% from last year's 4.4%, to 225 966 AMD ($ 468).

According to the National Statistical Service of Armenia, for the consumer market of Armenia in 2017 was inflationary - 2.6%, after two years of deflation - 1.1% in 2016 and 0.1% in 2015. This was mostly caused by an increase in prices of food products (including alcohol and cigarettes) by 5.3% and non-food products by 1.7%, while tariffs for services decreased by 0.5%. The average monthly increase in consumer prices in Jan-Dec 2017 was 0.2%, against a decline of 0.1% a year earlier.

POST A COMMENT
Input digits     


News
Year-on-year inflation over 10% on Armenia`s consumer market in June  2022Year-on-year inflation over 10% on Armenia`s consumer market in June  2022
Wage increase: solved social problems or new risksWage increase: solved social problems or new risks
Russian-Iranian-Armenian cooperation requires accomplishment of three  tasks Russian-Iranian-Armenian cooperation requires accomplishment of three  tasks 
Shirak Port industrial park construction to be launched in Armenia`s  Gyumri next yearShirak Port industrial park construction to be launched in Armenia`s  Gyumri next year
Armenian PM, Head of Tashir Group of Companies discuss implementation  of investment projects Armenian PM, Head of Tashir Group of Companies discuss implementation  of investment projects 
By announcing the upcoming increase in the minimum wage and pensions,  the authorities may increase inflationary pressure - Former head of  Central BankBy announcing the upcoming increase in the minimum wage and pensions,  the authorities may increase inflationary pressure - Former head of  Central Bank
Team Telecom Armenia will partner with Tech Week Gyumri 2022Team Telecom Armenia will partner with Tech Week Gyumri 2022
According to OneTwoTrip, Armenia is in TOP-3 most popular  destinations for Russian touristsAccording to OneTwoTrip, Armenia is in TOP-3 most popular  destinations for Russian tourists
Yandex opens new office in Armenia to coordinate company`s work in  CIS countriesYandex opens new office in Armenia to coordinate company`s work in  CIS countries
Converse bank will cover the insurance costs within the framework of program lendingConverse bank will cover the insurance costs within the framework of program lending
Armenia, Russia to deepen strategic partnership in both nuclear and  non-nuclear energyArmenia, Russia to deepen strategic partnership in both nuclear and  non-nuclear energy
Government proposes way to solve problem with export of fruits and  vegetablesGovernment proposes way to solve problem with export of fruits and  vegetables
Minister: Dram revaluation may lead to repeated Minister: Dram revaluation may lead to repeated "destruction" of the  industry
Financing of subvention programs in Armenia reached 7.3 billion drams  in 2022Financing of subvention programs in Armenia reached 7.3 billion drams  in 2022
WB to provide technical assistance to educational sector of Armenia  under PPPWB to provide technical assistance to educational sector of Armenia  under PPP
Armenian government recognizes number of territories in Syunik as  Armenian government recognizes number of territories in Syunik as  "overriding public interest" for construction of North-South Corridor
Lawyer in Lawyer in "March 1" Case nominated as Judge of Armenia`s  Constitutional Court
Order Mastercard Standard and Mastercard Gold and use the preferential credit lineOrder Mastercard Standard and Mastercard Gold and use the preferential credit line
Pashinyan: From January 1, 2023, pensions, the minimum wage and  benefits will be increased in ArmeniaPashinyan: From January 1, 2023, pensions, the minimum wage and  benefits will be increased in Armenia
Tax collections will exceed the level planned for the first half of  the year by about 60 billion drams:  PashinyanTax collections will exceed the level planned for the first half of  the year by about 60 billion drams:  Pashinyan
In 2022, Armenia will be able to reduce the level of government debt  much faster than planned: Ministry of FinanceIn 2022, Armenia will be able to reduce the level of government debt  much faster than planned: Ministry of Finance
Armenia could be major supplier of sugar beet seeds to EAEU  member-states Armenia could be major supplier of sugar beet seeds to EAEU  member-states 
Armenia 84th in Speedtest Global Index rankings Armenia 84th in Speedtest Global Index rankings 
CBA: Inflow of foreign labor migrants and capital to Armenia has  increased projected GDP growth to 4.9%CBA: Inflow of foreign labor migrants and capital to Armenia has  increased projected GDP growth to 4.9%
Central Bank of Armenia forecasts increase in exports by 5.1% and  imports by 8.3% for 2022Central Bank of Armenia forecasts increase in exports by 5.1% and  imports by 8.3% for 2022
Poland considers Armenia as profitable platform for entering EAEU  marketPoland considers Armenia as profitable platform for entering EAEU  market
In its improved forecast for 2022, CBA reduces decline in net  remittance inflows to 12% from previous 20%In its improved forecast for 2022, CBA reduces decline in net  remittance inflows to 12% from previous 20%
Business community of Armenia called on government to find assistance  mechanisms in connection with dram revaluation Business community of Armenia called on government to find assistance  mechanisms in connection with dram revaluation 
CBA forecasts 14.8% unemployment in ArmeniaCBA forecasts 14.8% unemployment in Armenia
Majority interest in Armenia Securities Exchange was transferred to  Warsaw Stock ExchangeMajority interest in Armenia Securities Exchange was transferred to  Warsaw Stock Exchange
ACBA Bank and Ameriabank helped beneficiaries to equip cash registers  with system for accepting non-cash payments with investmentsACBA Bank and Ameriabank helped beneficiaries to equip cash registers  with system for accepting non-cash payments with investments
Armenia, Russia to expand cooperation in agricultural and industrial  fieldsArmenia, Russia to expand cooperation in agricultural and industrial  fields
Rossiya Airlines to start operating flights from Samara to Yerevan  from July 2Rossiya Airlines to start operating flights from Samara to Yerevan  from July 2
A joint Armenian-Russian technopark may be established in Armenia-  GordeyevA joint Armenian-Russian technopark may be established in Armenia-  Gordeyev
IMF improves Armenia`s GDP growth forecast for 2022 to 5%IMF improves Armenia`s GDP growth forecast for 2022 to 5%
Halal to open office in ArmeniaHalal to open office in Armenia
Government of Armenia approves regular applications for  implementation of subvention programs in 7 regions of countryGovernment of Armenia approves regular applications for  implementation of subvention programs in 7 regions of country
Process of discussing construction project of new power unit in  Armenia begunProcess of discussing construction project of new power unit in  Armenia begun
How long will the drama with rising dram last? - Haykaz FanyanHow long will the drama with rising dram last? - Haykaz Fanyan
Service sector is main driver of double-digit economic growth in  ArmeniaService sector is main driver of double-digit economic growth in  Armenia
ADB: Armenia is a country of great opportunitiesADB: Armenia is a country of great opportunities
Armenia`s government plans renovation of 500km of roads Armenia`s government plans renovation of 500km of roads 
ARARATBANK resumes payment of dividends in 2022 and plans new issue  of sharesARARATBANK resumes payment of dividends in 2022 and plans new issue  of shares
At the end of 2021, EDB investment portfolio reached USD 4.5 billionAt the end of 2021, EDB investment portfolio reached USD 4.5 billion
Business community of Armenia calls on economic authorities to take  urgent measures to rescue businesses that suffered greatly from sharp  revaluation of dramBusiness community of Armenia calls on economic authorities to take  urgent measures to rescue businesses that suffered greatly from sharp  revaluation of dram
Armenian NPP has been connected to country`s national gridArmenian NPP has been connected to country`s national grid
Armenian Deputy PM took part in meeting of EDB CouncilArmenian Deputy PM took part in meeting of EDB Council
Rustam Badasyan proposed to WCO Secretary General to hold 6th Global  Canine Forum in YerevanRustam Badasyan proposed to WCO Secretary General to hold 6th Global  Canine Forum in Yerevan
Armenia, Korea stress necessity to conclude intergovernmental  agreement on cooperation in customs mattersArmenia, Korea stress necessity to conclude intergovernmental  agreement on cooperation in customs matters
FLY BAGHDAD launches Baghdad-Yerevan-Baghdad flightsFLY BAGHDAD launches Baghdad-Yerevan-Baghdad flights
Armenia`s exchange market oversupplied with US dollars - expert Armenia`s exchange market oversupplied with US dollars - expert 
Opening of the second customs zone on Upper Lars will increase the  throughput capacity of the checkpoint by 30% - KerobyanOpening of the second customs zone on Upper Lars will increase the  throughput capacity of the checkpoint by 30% - Kerobyan
FLYONE ARMENIA sends its 100.000th passenger on flightFLYONE ARMENIA sends its 100.000th passenger on flight
Fly Arna office opened at Zvartnots International AirportFly Arna office opened at Zvartnots International Airport
Different prices for same product or service can not be set,  depending on method of payment, cash or non-cash -CBA  message Different prices for same product or service can not be set,  depending on method of payment, cash or non-cash -CBA  message 
ARARATBANK to act as a major sponsor of UAV contest in ArmeniaARARATBANK to act as a major sponsor of UAV contest in Armenia
Armenia can achieve economic growth of 7-9% in 2022Armenia can achieve economic growth of 7-9% in 2022
Armenia`s authorities to invest in new capital programmes Armenia`s authorities to invest in new capital programmes 
Registered jobs and taxes on them are again unprecedented in Armenia Registered jobs and taxes on them are again unprecedented in Armenia 
Inflation in Armenia is a social catastrophe: EconomistInflation in Armenia is a social catastrophe: Economist
Read more


Exchange rates
06.07.2022
RUB6.61-0.80
USD408.200.68
EUR416.32-9.58
GBP486.74-7.99
CAD313.08-4.28
JPY30.160.06
CNY60.70-0.06
CHF420.30-4.42