Belarus: Increased Minimum Wages Announced for 2021

January 29, 2021 Lucy Halse

Key Points

  • New minimum wages apply for 2021 to Special Work Permit and Temporary Residence Permit holders
  • Minimum wages are BYN 1,450 per month for most permit holders and BYN 6,000 for highly qualified employees
  • Foreign workers must receive an additional BYN 258.11 per month for every dependent
  • The new wage requirements apply to new and pending applications as of January 1, 2021
  • Foreign workers must be compensated in BYN
  • Employers must contribute to the foreign worker’s social security insurance payments
  • Foreign workers must pay a 13% income tax
  • Foreign workers must show sufficient funds of BYN 1,450 for each month of their stay upon entry

Overview

The government has announced new minimum wages for 2021.

What are the Changes?

In 2021, the new national minimum wage will increase for certain foreign workers.

Who is Affected?

The updated minimum wage levels apply to Special Work Permit and Temporary Residence Permit applicants.

Wage levels for highly qualified employees are now BYN 6,000 per month. Minimum wages for all other applicants are BYN 1,450 per month. Foreign workers must receive an additional BYN 258.11 per month for each dependent.

What Should Employers and Applicants Know?

The updated minimum wage levels apply to pending and new applications as of January 1, 2021.

Foreign employees must be on a payroll in Belarus, and their salaries must be paid in BYN. The salary may be set in a foreign currency at the service bank rate on the day of payment.

Employers must contribute a certain percentage to the employee’s salary for social security. Foreign workers are also subject to a 13% income tax payment.

Looking Ahead

Foreign workers must show sufficient monetary funds of BYN 1,450 per month for their intended stay upon entering the country.

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Content in this publication is not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an Envoy-affiliated attorney or another qualified professional.

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