The average nominal wage in Ukraine in March 2021 increased to UAH 13,612, which is UAH 1,063 more than in February. Compared to March last year, the average nominal salary grew by 18.9%.
According to the State Statistics Service, wage growth compared to March 2020 occurred in almost all types of economic activity (except for the provision of other services). In particular, wages demonstrated the fastest growth performance in the field of healthcare and social assistance (by 52.0%), temporary accommodation and catering (by 37.2%), arts, sports, entertainment and recreation (by 33.8%), education (by 28.8%), real estate transactions (by 22.2%), wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (by 20.4%).
The average salary in March increased in all regions. The largest growth compared to March last year occurred in Chernivtsi (31.1%), Donetsk (30.1%), Ternopil (26.9%), Rivne (26.3%), Kherson (26.2%), Volyn (25.9%) regions.
The main drivers of wage growth were the adaptation of economic activities to the conditions and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as raising the minimum wage from January 1, 2021 to UAH 6,000.
The highest level of average salary in March was recorded in Kyiv (UAH 20,132), Donetsk (UAH 15,907), Zaporizhia (UAH 13,721), Dnipropetrovsk (UAH 13,677) regions, while the lowest in Zhytomyr region (UAH 10,675).
The highest salaries were received by employees in the field of information and telecommunications - UAH 25,504, financial and insurance activities - UAH 24,279, professional, scientific and technical activities (UAH 18,768).