Minimum Wage Approved for 2020

The 2.53% increase approved for the minimum wage for private sector workers in Costa Rica will be in effect from January 1 next year.

Monday, October 28, 2019

With this increase, a messenger worker who has an Unskilled Occupation and earns today ¢309,143.36 ($518) per month will earn ¢316,964.68 ($531) as the minimum wage, the government said.

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From the MTSS statement:

San José, Costa Rica. The National Salaries Council (CNS) unanimously approved this Wednesday afternoon the increase in minimum wages in the private sector for 2019 by 2.53%, which means that for every ¢100 thousand workers should receive ¢2,530 more.

Additionally, an additional wage increases of 2.33962% was approved for domestic servants. In other words, for every ¢100 thousand they should receive ¢2,339,62 more.

The increase was fixed by unanimous votes after analyzing the proposals presented by the representatives of the three sectors before the NHA.

"I am extremely pleased that the National Salaries Council, in an exercise of social dialogue, has unanimously approved our proposal that sought to recognize the components of the calculation formula, both the cost of living and the growth of the gross domestic product," said Geannina Dinarte Romero.

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