Albanians are paid the lowest minimum wage in the region, Montenegrins take the lead  

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If you work in Albania, your monthly wage is the lowest in the entire Balkan region. In 2021, the government raised the minimum wage and that of some public administration positions, but what we make overall ranked us last in the list showing who the highest earners are in the Balkans.

During the first part of the year, wages in the public sector reached a median of €563 euros per month, whereas in the private sector they were, €422 euros. Bankers and IT professionals usually get paid more, upwards of €990 and €730 euros, while those that get paid the least are the construction sector (€347 euros) and the agriculture and fishing sectors (€298 euros).

Montenegro had the highest wages in the region, paying their bankers around €1 500 euros a month. In addition, teachers in Albania get paid 20-50% less than their neighbor counterparts (around €560 euros a month).

As they’ve admitted, the increase of wages is one the main objectives of Rama’s III term government, for the next 4 years.

Rama has vowed to raise the minimum wage by 25% by 2025, taking it to €700 euros per month.

According to EUROSTAT, Albania’s average per capita income is 31% lower than that of the average European country.

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