Effects of COVID-19 on employment – Businesses “saved” staff, budget lost 9.7 million euros
The Coronavirus pandemic seems to have not officially hit employment on a large scale, despite government measures that led to the closure of a number of businesses. Thus, according to official data of the Ministry of Finance, in the first 4 months of the year in the state budget were collected from social and health insurance a total of 32.2 billion ALL, from 32.6 billion ALL that were collected in the same period of last year.
Thus, only from social insurance, which is the official indicator of employment, revenues were 27.8 billion ALL in 4 months, with a decrease of only 1.4 percent compared to 2019. Regarding the two months of January-April pandemic, the state budget has lost 1.2 billion lek or 9.7 million euros from social security, where the largest share was felt in March, while in April the decline is easier.
This shows that despite the situation and the fear of the beginning, businesses have tried to keep their staff by paying social security, while the government has enabled the payment of the war salary of 26 thousand ALL for 60 thousand employees for three months, while for 176 thousand others are being processed a salary of 40 thousand ALL, to minimize the consequences of COVID-19.
The state budget has lost about 9.7 million euros from employee contributions during the COVID-19 period, while in the first 4 months revenues fell by only 1.4 percent.
- March 6.4 billion
- April 7.8 billion
- Total 14.2 billion
- March 5.7 billion
- April 7.3 billion ALL
- A total of ALL 13 billion
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