Two-thirds of Ukrainians are ready to lower their desired salary in case of difficulties with employment.
Ukrainians are dissatisfied with the level of income, but they are ready to lower it for the sake of employment salary scale.
This is stated in the study of the expert-analytical center of the personnel portal grc.ua, submitted to UNIAN.
It is noted that 40% of Ukrainians lost their jobs as a result of the war and have no main source of income. The salaries of a quarter (28.7%) of the experts surveyed were cut.
The level of wages has remained at the pre-war level, but salaries are paid with delays to 6.3% of employees. The salary remained at the pre-war level only for every fifth specialist interviewed. True, there is a small number of those workers whose salary has increased since the beginning of the war. Only 4.5% of the interviewed specialists were lucky in this way.
“Difficult economic conditions, lower wages and higher prices cause citizens to be dissatisfied with the level of wages. More than half of Ukrainians noted that they are not satisfied with the amount of monthly compensation for their work. Absolute dissatisfaction was voiced by a quarter (25.7%) of the surveyed professionals, another 28.5 % noted moderate dissatisfaction with salary,” the report says.
Analysts note that the crisis in the labor market forces Ukrainians to make concessions in the amount of wages, despite the fact that they are not very satisfied with the level of income. Specialists are faced with a choice – either to reduce their salary wishes and get a job, or to continue a difficult job search in the conditions of a shortage of vacancies, high competition and inflated requirements of employers for candidates.
“Two-thirds of Ukrainians are ready to lower their desired salary in case of difficulties with employment. There are even those who will accept any salary offered in order to get a job. This intention was expressed by 8.1% of respondents,” the study said.
It is also emphasized that every fifth specialist is ready to lower the desired salary by no more than 5%, and the same number of Ukrainians are ready to lower the bar by 6-15%. For the sake of employment, 8.8% of surveyed Ukrainians are ready to reduce their desired salary by a quarter.
The data were obtained as a result of research conducted by the HR portal grc.ua in August-September 2022. 2,600 Ukrainians, employees of companies in various industries in all regions of Ukraine, took part in the survey.
Work during the war:
On April 21, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a law that simplified the procedure for obtaining unemployment status and awarding unemployment benefits during the war. In particular, during the period of martial law and within 180 calendar days after its termination or cancellation, the law provides for the granting of registered unemployed status without the requirements applied in the normal procedure to internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have documents. In addition, the issue of granting the status of unemployed IDPs whose employment relationship with the employer has not been terminated has been settled.
As of April 29, 2022, the number of vacancies in Ukraine decreased by 20 times compared to pre-war times.
The study emphasizes that vacancies are created mainly by companies looking for employees in a new location after relocation.
On May 30, 2022, the employment center named the most required professions during the war.
As of June 7 falling wages in the private sector averaged from 25% to 50% compared to the pre-war period. Most of them are in the mining industry and construction.
As of June 12, 2022, the demand for work specialties has become more tangible on the Ukrainian labor market: in June number of vacancies in this area increased by 20% compared to the previous month.
In June, the Ukrainian labor market stopped decrease in salary level.
As of June 30, 2022, almost 40% of Ukrainians returned to work.
According to the job search site Work.ua in July the number of vacancies increased by 14%.
Most open vacancies in August on the Ukrainian labor market – these are job offers for retail specialists and sales managers. As of the beginning of August, according to the State Employment Center, 293,000 unemployed people were officially registered in Ukraine.