Macedonia has been hit by the “white plague” and is heading towards bankruptcy
Macedonia has been hit by the “white plague” and is heading towards bankruptcy. This is what experts in the country say, commenting on the figures which show that the country has more citizens who receive money from the state than those who fill the state coffers. University professor Borçe Davitkovski estimates that more than one billion euros from the state budget goes to salaries, pensions and social assistance. For this reason, he adds, urgent reforms are needed, since the workforce in the real sector is very small compared to the right number.
“We already have a billion from the budget for salaries in the public sector, we have for social cases, we have pensioners… More than a quarter of the budget goes to salaries, while they are irreversible resources. Everywhere in the world, four to five private sector workers hold an administrator, here it is one to one. So one of the factory holds one who works in the public administration. This cannot be confronted”, declared Borçe Davitkovski, university professor.
The latest figures of the Statistics Office show that there are 609,520 active employees in our country. Of these, 477,132 people work in private businesses, while 132,088 work in state administration, who are paid from the state budget and citizens’ taxes.
338,359 pensioners and about 36,496 families who receive guaranteed social assistance are also paid from the state budget.
If we refer to these data and divide the number of the workforce in the private sector, which contributes to filling the budget for salaries of employees in the public sector, for pensions and for social assistance, it can be seen that: The workforce in the private sector is 477,132 people , who work to be paid by the state, about 485,794 employees. These data show that in our country, there are 8,362 more people who are paid from the state coffers than employees who work in the private sector and fill the state coffers.
This situation, according to Professor Davitkovski, requires urgent reforms.
“That’s why I said that the budget is heavy for the salaries of these people, so reforms must be made urgently… now it must be done strictly, to ease the budget… or we will enter into loans, we will take money and we will become like Greece, we will go into debt, we will not be able to return the money and then everyone in the public sector will have their salaries and pensions reduced, there will be social unrest and we will turn into a bankrupt state”, he added.
Professor Davitkovski says that the fact that educated young people leave our country, run away and do not return, while the mortality rate continues to be higher than the birth rate, is also worrying, so we must definitely keep the young staff, raise the standard and people right to be in the right place of work./Alsat.mk