However, the country also has the biggest gap between senior management and administrative workers: senior managers in Bulgaria can expect the largest real pay rise of any in Eastern Europe, with a predicted real increase of 7.8%, while administrative workers can expect a rise of only 4.3%.
Slovakia and Lithuania are also forecast healthy pay increases, and more consistent increases across the board, with both countries featuring in the top 5 for all levels. Slovakia is expecting real raises of 5.5% across the board, while Lithuania ranges from 5.3% for administrators, 5.6% for professionals and 6.1% for senior managers.
Wages in Romania are also buoyant, with salaries predicted to increase by 3.1% on average across the three job levels.
The report exposes a revealing pay divide in Europe, with real pay in Eastern Europe accelerating at a rate far above that in the West.
China, India and Eastern Europe will top the global pay rise ladder in 2007 - while real pay rises for workers in the West are expected to fall below average.
Impressive economic acceleration in India and China is having a dramatic impact on pay packets, according to the Hay Group study.
China tops the tables for each of the three job categories, with a predicted 7.9% increase for administrative workers, 7.8% for professionals and an impressive 8.9% for senior management.
Extremely high pay rises in India last year – 7.2% across the board – look set to continue into 2007. The country boasts the second highest pay increase predictions for 2007, with hefty salary increases of 6.2% forecast across the three job levels. Senior managers can anticipate a real rise of 6.9%, professionals and administrators 5.9% each.
By contrast, salary increases in the West will be much more moderate in 2007. Workers in the major continental economies - Germany, Italy, Spain and France - face predicted increases below 1.5% across all job three categories, the only exception being Italian senior management, who will enjoy an increase of 2.3%. Administrative staff in Italy will receive a meagre 0.5% real pay increase.
British workers can expect only a 1.5% real increase across the board, with real wage rises highest for professionals (1.7%). Senior managers will receive increases of 1.5%, administrative staff just 1.2%.
The study suggests that rises for Irish workers in real terms, will be negative in 2007.