The Serbian government adopted amendments to the state budget to raise public sector salaries between eight and 15 percent as of November 1, a press release said on Monday.
The biggest pay raise of 15 percent will go to nurses and medical staff and 10 percent to doctors.
Employees in institutions of science and culture will get raises of 10 percent while the education sector, judicial staff, prosecutors and social security staff will get nine percent and state administration staff will get eight percent.
Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said that the raises would not be possible without the fiscal consolidation measures which were imposed in 2014 and without the discipline maintained by her cabinet.
Brnabic said that all pensioners will get a once off aid payment of 5,000 Dinars as of December 1 with a pension raise planned for January 1, 2020 of at least five percent.
An economy expert warned that the raises are not realistic, adding that public sector salaries should not grow faster than the economy.
Economy professor Sasa Randjelovic said the raises are not economically justified. He believes the decision to raise public sector salaries is politically motivated because the rise in average salaries is high on the list of priorities of the government’s economic policy.
The International Monetary Fund is due to give its opinion on the government decision to raise salaries on October 3.