In the next draft budget, the caretaker government proposes that the minimum wage be BGN 710 (EUR 363). "At the moment we do not have a clear mechanism for determining the minimum wage. It is determined administratively and largely unclear," said Shteryo Nozharov, economic adviser at the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce, in an interview with Bulgaria ON AIR.
The chamber has prepared an analysis according to which an increase in the minimum wage increases unemployment. "Most sectors are placed in a highly competitive environment. If companies have to increase the minimum wage of their employees, it means either to burden them in some way with additional activities, or to cut people," he explained.