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SSNM: Reporters, media workers receive far below average salaries

35% of media workers are paid between Mden 15,000-20,000 per month, which is far below the average salary in North Macedonia, while 67% are dissatisfied with their income, shows a survey conducted by the Independent Trade Union of Journalists and Media Workers (SSNM).

Skopje, 10 July 2020 (MIA) – 35% of media workers are paid between Mden 15,000-20,000 per month, which is far below the average salary in North Macedonia, while 67% are dissatisfied with their income, shows a survey conducted by the Independent Trade Union of Journalists and Media Workers (SSNM).

150 respondents took part in the survey and were questioned on labor rights and conditions in newsrooms throughout the country.

SSNM cites low income and employers’ disregard for the law on labor relations as some of the most common issues media workers face.

According to State Statistical Office, the average salary in North Macedonia in April 2020 was Mden 25,830. The monthly income of the majority of reportes is far below this sum. Moreover, the country has ranked 93rd on Reporters Without Borders’ latest report which features 180 countries.

“35.3% of respondents said that they have monthly income Mden 15,000-20,000, while 30.6% that their salaries amount Mden 20,000-25,000. 13.3% of surveyees receive Mden 25,000-30,000 salaries, while those of 15.3% surpass Mden 30,000. Only about 5% of respondents said that they’re paid less than Mden 15,000 per month,” SSNM survey shows.

It stresses that the media industry has been hit hard by the coronacrisis, which has resulted in layoffs and pay cuts. Four of the respondents said they lost their jobs, while 33% added that some of their colleagues were laid off.

“11 full-time journalists lost their jobs and four freelancers faced pay cuts. Partial pay cuts have also been recorded. Five full-time reportes received 30% lower salaries, while wages of one were cut by 50%. Two journalists were paid 20% less, two – 10% and one – 15%.Two editors got 20% and 30% lower salaries, while one photojournalist received a 30% pay cut,” SSNM said in a press release Friday.

Of the 150 respondents, 73 were male and 77 female, aged between 23 and 62. Most work on television – 77, while 54 in online media. 15 of the surveyees are employed in printed media, while only three in radio stations.

84 full-time journalists, 19 freelancers, 14 cameramen, 10 video and audio editors, 10 news editors, six crew members, two photojournalist and five correspondents took part in SSNM’s survey.

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