OREANDA-NEWS. April 03, 2014. It was the biggest in the municipalities of Chisinau and Balti, making MDL 1,747, 6.4% more than in other towns and cities of Moldova, where it was MDL 1,641.7 and 12.8% more than the subsistence wage recorded in villages, where it made up MDL 1,426.8.

By categories of the population, the biggest subsistence wage - MDL 1,710 - was reported for able-bodied people. It was MDL 1,855.5 for men. The biggest level of subsistence was registered in Q2 2013 among able-bodied men living in cities and amounted to MDL 2,066. The lowest level for children averaged MDL 1.534,4 a month, being MDL 611.2 for children under 1; MDL 1,322.2 for children aged between 2 and 6 and MDL 1.726,3 for children at the age between 7 and 17.

In the cities of Moldova it was 12.6% more than in the villages, the discrepancy in the living wages for children aged between 1 and 6 making 17%. The monthly child care allowance averaged MDL 997.9 for the insured persons and covered the subsistence level for children aged between 1 and 6 by 75.5%. For uninsured persons, the monthly child care allowance averaged 300 and covered the subsistence level by 22.7%. The living wage was MDL 1,326.9 for retirees, being 82.3% of the average national living wage.

As of January 1 2014, the retiree pension in Moldova averaged MDL 1,020.6, making 76.9% of the average retiree living wage. According to statistics, the monthly income in Moldova was MDL 1,681.4 per head, which was 4.3% more than the minimum living wage. The average wage in the economy was MDL 3,765.1, 2.2 times as much as the living wage for able-bodied people.

The maximum living wage coverage was registered in the financial sector (4.3 times), the minimum one being recorded in fishery – the average wage in this sector was 19.9% higher than the living wage.