Russian teachers are earning more! (By going home less.)
As Vladimir Putin’s May 2012 executive orders promised, Russian school teachers are now earning more. According to a new study, however, they’re also working a lot more. The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration found that the percentage of teachers working double shifts to raise their income grew from 7.3 percent in 2014 to 13.8 percent in 2017.
In May 2012, Putin ordered the government to raise teachers’ salaries to the average income level in their region. In 2017, Russian teachers earned on average almost 420,000 rubles ($6,750) a year — 19,200 ($310) more than a year before. Critics argue that income is rising because more teachers are working multiple shifts.