Published by Bangkok Post on February 19, 2015
Laos will raise the minimum wage for unskilled labourers by almost 50% in a move reflecting the government's concern about a worker shortage. The monthly wage will rise to 900,000 kip (about 3,630 baht) in April, a 43.8% increase from the current 626,000 kip (about 2,250 baht).
"The wage adjustment will take effect on April 1, 2015," the offical Lao News Agency quoted Phongsaysack Inthalath, director-general of the Labour Management Department, as saying Wednesday.
Workers in health-threatened jobs or the dangerous working environments will be paid 15% more, the official added.
The new rate is to help workers cope with an increasing cost-of-living and entice Lao workers to remain in the country, instead of leaving for higher-paid jobs in "neighbouring countries", Mr. Phongsaysack added.