4.2.9 Employment policies for the cultural sector
The number of employees working in cultural institutions has increased from 9 012 in 2004 to 12 504 in 2005 (the increase may be explain by fact that the statistics for 2005 includes employment from numerous agencies for tourism, sanatoriums, sport halls etc.), of which 4 709 are men and 7 795 are women. There are no statistics on self-employed workers in Moldova and also the notion of freelance writers and artists is missing from the classified list of occupations.
The average monthly salary in the field of culture, education and medicine amounts to about MDL 1 669. By comparison, the minimum wage in Moldova is MDL 766.1, the average monthly salary in the country is about MDL 1 600 and the minimum consumption basket value is over MDL 1 900.
Apart from the efforts of the Ministry of Culture to acquire funds to buy books, publications, and artistic works and to maintain the institutions responsible for cultural development, there are no special strategies to stimulate employment in the cultural sector.