News digest

  • Salaries and bonuses
  • Back to the offices
  • Where business is most comfortable
  • Experience: furniture that does not affect the climate
  • Selling furniture without online configurators – yesterday

Everything that happened last week in Ukraine and the world and that is relevant for the furniture maker, read in our digest:

1. The Cabinet of Ministers has adopted a decision on changes to the Procedure for calculating the average wage. There is a mechanism for accounting for bonuses paid for two months or longer when calculating the average wage. The amounts of accrued wages, except for bonuses and other payments, are taken into account in the month for which they are accrued and in the amounts in which they are accrued, without excluding the amounts of tax deductions.

2. One year after the start of quarantine, workers are returned to their offices – currently, according to various sources, between 3% and 6% of Ukrainian employers offer to work remotely. 

We have not yet seen a mass transition to a remote form of employment. If we analyze the labour market proposals more deeply, it turns out that almost half of the vacancies with the opportunity to work remotely fall into the field of information technology. In general, only about 8% are looking for work exclusively offline, and about 25% of job seekers say they would like to work only on the “distance” to minimize contacts.

3. USAID analysts presented the second study of the Municipal Competitiveness Index (MCI). Based on it, a rating of the 45 largest cities of Ukraine was created according to the most favourable business climate and effective economic governance.   

The first place in the MCI ranking was taken by the city of Khmelnytsky. Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv, Mukachevo, Bakhmut, Ternopil, Vinnytsia, Mariupol, Oleksandriya, Melitopol, and Chernihiv are also in the top ten.

Nine cities were included in the category of low competitiveness. Among them are Mykolayiv, Dnipro, Uman, Kherson, Zaporizhia and Cherkasy. Kamyanske and Poltava have one of the lowest values ​​of MCI. 

4. DGM-Klimapakt is an initiative of the German furniture industry against environmental pollution. Producers participating in this initiative are balancing their greenhouse gas emissions with the professional support of the State Climate Protection Advisory Service. In the next stage, the climate pact aims to minimize CO2 emissions and, thirdly, ideally to fully compensate for all inevitable emissions. To do this, furniture manufacturers receive certificates of climate protection, which are offered by various operators of such projects around the world.

5. Furniture sales in the world are becoming more individualized. Buyers want the furniture, as well as any other household items, to best meet their needs and preferences – in size, function, materials, colours. To help them choose the furniture they like best, furniture manufacturers and retailers in developed countries have hired online configurators, which are becoming increasingly important for the successful sale of furniture.

Customers-buyers can “design” for themselves even kitchens on the Internet before turning to a professional consultant. After entering the dimensions of the room and marking the windows, doors, switches, etc. in the virtual template, you can place separate upper and lower cabinets with the desired facades, as well as appliances, hood and sink. This way you can get an overall impression of the future kitchen.

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