COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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In 2012 the average monthly net wage of employees in the fields of arts, entertainment and recreation was 474,5 EUR, while those in the scientific and technicalsectors earned 780 EUR. The net wage of culture employees was the lowest at 200-250 EUR.

 

In 2014 the Ministry of Culture prepared the new model of remuneration for actors of state drama and music theatres who have partial labour hours in permanent job institutions.

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Lithuania/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.9 Employment policies for the cultural sector

There were 3 108 employees in Lithuania's state and municipality museums (106), 808 professional librarians in libraries under the Ministry of Culture (7 libraries) and 2 516 in 60 municipalities (1 281 libraries), and 4 337 employees in municipal cultural centres (761) in 2013. These numbers of employees are "in total", as only part of the institutions' staff are qualified specialists e.g. about 25% of national, state and municipal museums' employees are qualified as specialists (i.e., restorers, guides, researchers, curators, custodians of collection, etc.).

According to labour force surveys conducted by Lithuania Statistics, the average monthly net wage of persons employed in the fields of arts, entertainment and recreation corresponded to 1 636 LTL in 2012 (around 474.5 EUR). In comparison, for those employed in professional, scientific and technicalsectors, the average monthly wage was 2 691 LTL in 2012 (around 780 EUR; see: http://www.stat.gov.lt/). The average monthly net wage of culture employees was 700-800 LTL (around 200-250 EUR), least of all employees.

In order to increase the real (net) wage in the cultural sector, in 2008 the government approved the Programme for Raising Wages in the Culture and Art sector for the year 2009 – 2011. However, due to the economic crisis the increase in the level of wages has stopped.

In 2014 the Ministry of Culture prepared the new model of remuneration for actors of state drama and music theatres who have partial labour hours in permanent job institutions. According to data selected by the Ministry in 2013, more than a quarter of the permanent professional actors of these theatres were not very active in repertoire plays and only performed in, on average, two plays per month. The model proposes to reorganise national and state theatres and concert institutions into non-public institutions and to form theatre companies on temporary labour contracts.

Training and re-training programmes have been set up for employees working in the cultural sector including courses on culture management and theoretical / practical aspects of culture. Up to 2012, these programmes were implemented by the Lithuanian Cultural Administrators' Training Centre, which functioned under the Ministry of Culture. After the closure of the Training Centre, the Ministry of Culture launched a programme for specific training courses on culture and institutional management and education projects. During the last years, the training process had been managed by the National M.Mažvydas Library, as well as national and state museums. In 2009-2011 the Museums' Association of Lithuania, with the support of the EU Social Fund and the Lithuanian government, organised and implemented the project "Skills and Effectiveness Training for Museum Specialists in the XXI Century II phase", which involved staff from 15 Lithuanian museums.


Kapitel publiziert: 28-11-2014

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