COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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Georgia/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.9 Employment policies for the cultural sector

Statistical data on employment in the cultural sector is not available.

In light of the annual growth in unemployment (exact data is not available) and a lack of regulation of social protection for workers, employment issues in the culture sphere are not a current issue of importance for the state.

In Georgia, the reorganisation of the social infrastructure, including the cultural sphere, is a continuing process; in 2004 alone, the municipal service for culture was reorganised three times. The institutions subordinate to the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection are also in the process of reorganisation (see chapter 4.1) which has reduced the number of staff employed in the cultural sector.

The highest unemployment rate is evident in the intellectual, cultural sphere. The wages of cultural workers are the lowest in the public sector (84 GEL monthly); the average wage amounts to 150 GEL (Doctors and teachers earn 100 GEL per month, street cleaners earn 200 GEL and judges earn 1 700 GEL).

Table 4:    Number of employees and remuneration in Georgia, in GEL, 2004

Number of employees in 2004

 

Women

Men

Total

Culture, entertainment, recreation

20 700

22 000

42 700

 

Urban

Rural

Total

Culture, entertainment, recreation

34 400

8 300

42 700

Remuneration in 2004

 

Women

Men

Total

Culture, entertainment, recreation

69.8

110.4

84.8

Source:    State Department for Statistics

In 2007, employment in the sphere of culture has steadily declined, but no statistical research on this issue has been conducted yet.


Chapter published: 26-01-2016

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