April 01, 2015

Lao Minimum Wage to Rise 44% in April

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.

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