In Russia, 24.4 thousand employees of large and medium-sized enterprises this year received salaries of 1 million rubles per month or more (before income tax), according to a FinExpertiza study based on Rosstat data (available from Izvestia). This is 43% more than in 2021.
Most of the millionaire workers were in the sphere of wholesale and retail trade (4.3 thousand people), in the manufacturing industry (3.97 thousand), in finance and insurance (3.66 thousand).
The main reason for the increase in the number of such employees is the shortage of personnel in many sectors of the economy, believes Olga Panina, head of the department of “State and Municipal Administration” of the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation.
“Positions such as top managers, directors of stores or chains, heads of purchasing and sales departments have always been in short supply on the labor market due to their specific nature and high level of effort,” noted Nikolai Pereslavsky, head of the “Support” department of CMS Group.
At the same time, taking into account the consumer inflation accumulated over two years (20.6%), 1 million rubles today is equivalent in purchasing power to 830 thousand rubles in 2021, FinExpertiza said.
At the same time, the authorities predict further growth in household incomes. In 2023–2026, nominal wages (that is, excluding inflation) in at least eight regions of Russia will increase by an average of 10% per year or more, the Ministry of Energy previously reported.
The top 35 most socially prosperous regions in Russia are headed by the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Nenets Autonomous Okrug and Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug. They are followed by Sakhalin, Magadan regions, Moscow , Chukotka, St. Petersburg, Kamchatka Territory and Murmansk region. This is stated in a study by the Civil Society Development Fund (CSD) based on the results of the third quarter of 2023, based on Rosstat data. The document is at the disposal of Izvestia.
As its authors explain, the rating was prepared based on the ratio of average wages to the estimated minimum cost of living. The latter refers to a fixed set of food and non-food products, as well as the minimum necessary services per person per month.
The second ten of the ranking included the Irkutsk region, Yakutia, Krasnoyarsk region, Kemerovo, Moscow regions, Tatarstan, Komi, Leningrad, Amur and Tyumen regions.
The third group included the Sverdlovsk region, Belgorod and Tomsk regions (shared 22nd place), Chelyabinsk region, Bashkiria, Transbaikal region, Astrakhan and Samara regions, Perm region, as well as Tula, Novgorod and Omsk regions (shared 30th place).
The study is completed by the Novosibirsk and Arkhangelsk regions (31st place), Khabarovsk Territory and Lipetsk region (32nd place), Khakassia, Kaluga and Orenburg regions.
They earn the most per month in Chukotka – 141 thousand rubles, in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug – 140 thousand, in Moscow – 122 thousand and in Kamchatka – 121.5 thousand rubles. Almost the same regions have the highest expenses: Chukotka - 35.2 thousand rubles, Kamchatka - 32.6 thousand and Moscow - 30.3 thousand rubles. This is stated in a study by the Civil Society Development Fund (CSD) based on the results of the third quarter of 2023, based on Rosstat data. The document is at the disposal of Izvestia.
As noted in ForGRO, the average monthly salary in Russia as a whole as of September 1, compared to the corresponding period last year, increased by 16% - from 59.9 to 69.4 thousand rubles. At the same time, the average cost of living over the same period increased by 6.3% – from 19.9 to 21.1 thousand rubles.
“Compared to the results of the second quarter, the most noticeable changes (over five positions) for the better were demonstrated by the Belgorod region, which rose from 30th to 22nd place. Moscow and St. Petersburg are still in the top ten. At the same time, Moscow moved from eighth place to sixth, and St. Petersburg from ninth to eighth. It’s interesting that both the Moscow (15th place) and Leningrad (18th place) regions remained in their previous positions compared to the second quarter,” Konstantin Kostin, head of the ForGGO, told Izvestia.
At the same time, he reported that in the third quarter there was a slight decrease in the social well-being index, primarily among leaders.
“Based on the results of the second quarter, the maximum index value was 7.5 (Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug), the minimum was 1.86. This was primarily influenced by the level of average salaries, their surge primarily in resource-producing regions,” explained Konstantin Kostin.