• National Minimum Monthly Wage Increased
  • May 15, 2018
  • The situation

    Labour authorities have published new statutory minimum wage levels for 2018 for several economic sectors, effective April 1, 2018.

    A closer look

    The new national monthly minimum wages are as follows:

    Impact

    Since government fees are calculated based on the minimum salaries for each sector, foreign nationals will see an increase in the government fees for work permit applications.

    Although this rule applies retroactively to salary payments made as of April 1, since foreign nationals typically earn more than the national minimum wage, there is a low level of impact to employers employing foreign workers.

    Looking ahead

    The government has approved the new minimum wage amounts, but until the wages are published in the government gazette, the amounts are not final. Any change in amounts, however, would have a minimal impact, and likely would only minimally affect government fees.