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Administration employees will benefit from salary increases from the month of July. The allowances they will receive reach up to 35%. 130,000 employees will benefit from a salary increase in July. The decision affects almost all employees of the administration, with categories that will receive increases from 7% to 35%. Thus, health workers, who last year received an increase from 3,500 to 6,000 ALL/month, this year will receive an additional 15,000 to 20,000 ALL. This will bring a cumulative salary increase for doctors to 131,000 ALL per month, while for nurses 87,000 ALL per month. Teachers will also benefit from a 30% increase, bringing the gross amount from ALL 75,000 to ALL 105,000. There will also be salary increases for municipal employees, aiming to narrow the gap that exists between this category and ministry employees. The reform aims to bring the average salary in the state to 107,000 lek per month, according to the commitment the government made a year ago when it announced the figure of 900 euros. Around ALL 39 billion is the calculated cost for the two decisions of last year and the one that will be signed this summer.

Salary increase for municipalities

On the other hand, the new scheme for increasing salaries for municipalities was recently explained. The new Minister for the State and Local Government, Arbjan Mazniku, said that the scheme to be applied is ready and is expected to receive the stamp from the government during this month, but then it is the municipal councils that will determine the levels of their salaries. But who will benefit from the salary increase? "All those who have the status of civil servants in the local units, we think there are 8,500-9,000 people, will have an approximation of salaries, for the same job position, regardless of which municipality they work in. All those with status will be charged the salary. While political staffs will also increase, which we think are only 1,000 individuals. The proposed scheme also includes salary increases for the mayors of 61 municipalities", explained Mazniku. The scheme proposed by the line ministry provides that the salary of a specialist will be up to 90,000 lek maximum, while a sector manager at 115,000 lek. Will the municipalities be able to approve the proposed ceilings? "A good part of the cost and financial bill will be supported by the government. While a percentage that will be approved will be the municipalities themselves. Any municipality that has the financial possibilities will raise its own salaries to the maximums presented in the scheme. Those who do not have the opportunities will stay at the minimum limits that we will approve", explained Mazniku in "E-ZONE". But the restructuring project of 61 municipalities, part of which is the salary reform for local employees, has increased the fever among them for possible reduction of jobs. "We are not talking about employee cuts specifically at this moment. This is a matter of municipal authority. What we are currently discussing is the restructuring of how the functions within the municipalities should be divided. We have looked at the organizational chart in 61 municipalities and we have found overlapping functions", said Mazniku. But one thing is certain, the reorganization project of the municipalities will be accompanied by changes in functions, which means promotion and demotion.

 Almost salary increase, how has the cost changed in the budget? 

Referring to the official indicators of the Ministry of Finance for the 4-month period, January-April, it seems that there has been a progressive increase in personnel expenses. Specifically, in the 4th month of 2020, budget expenses for personnel are calculated at 24.9 billion ALL, which includes social security contributions, while in 2024 they are recorded at 34.4 billion ALL, with an excess of 9.5 billion ALL. Likewise, if we compare the growth with last year when the salary increase reform started, the jump is 4.9 billion ALL or 49 million euros. The full wage reform, which is ongoing from 2023, spread over two years, reaches a cost of about ALL 39 billion and benefits 130,000 employees. Meanwhile, the total expenses for salaries in the Public Administration are planned in the amount of 119.7 billion ALL for the whole year 2024, or 1.2 billion dollars, or in other words 4.9% of the GDP. According to the data of the "Institute of Statistics", the average gross monthly salary in the state sector in the 4th quarter of 2023 has reached 87,864 ALL, registering an increase of 18% compared to 2022.

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