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Russia: Pay and benefits

This resource is not currently being updated. It was last reviewed and updated on 21 February 2022.

Original author: ALRUD

Consultant editor: Anna Chaykina


  • Remuneration is subject to considerable statutory regulation. (See General)
  • Wages must in general be paid in monetary form and in the national currency of the Russian Federation (that is, roubles). (See Payment of wages)
  • Employers must deduct from employees' pay the personal income tax that employees are obliged to pay, while other deductions from employees' pay are permitted only for specified reasons. (See Deductions)
  • Employers are obliged to ensure that employees receive equal payment for work of equal value. (See Equal pay)
  • The Government sets a statutory national minimum wage rate that must be observed in respect of all employees in the Russian Federation, regardless of age or experience. (See Minimum wages)
  • The main form of pension provision for employees is the statutory "labour pension" scheme, administered by the public Pension Fund. (See Pensions)
  • Employers are obliged to calculate employees' personal income tax, deduct the sums due from employees' pay and pass them on to the tax authorities. (See Income tax and social security)
  • Employees who are absent from work owing to illness or injury are entitled to receive a sickness benefit from their employer for the first three days of any period of such absence. (See Sick pay)
  • While an employee is engaged in "official business travel", they are entitled to normal pay and the reimbursement of expenses associated with the travel. (See Travel and relocation expenses)