Rise in Minimum Wage Goes Ahead Despite Crisis

In the midst of Nicaragua's delicate economic situation, the government has announced that the 5.2% increase in the minimum wage agreed in March will come into effect on September 1.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Official media reported that the National Minimum Wage Commission ratified the agreements reached in March 2018, and from September 1 the new salaries will enter into force.

El19digital.com reports that "...They explained that the adjustment will be 5.20 percent in 9 of the 10 sectors that are under the Minimum Wage law in the country. The increase is part of the adjustment that was approved on March 9 and is applied equally in the two semesters, that is, the first part in March and the second on September 1 to complete the 10.40 percent.

"... The Commission called a new session the second week of January 2019 to negotiate next year's minimum wage."

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Due to a lack of consensus between employers and workers, the government established the increase for this year at 10.4%, which will be applied in two parts, beginning with a 5,2% adjustment, starting from March.

As the business sector and workers could not agree on fixing the increase, the Ortega administration made the decision to establish the adjustment. The first increase will be 5.2% and will apply from March, while the second will also be 5.2%, and will be fixed from September of this year and will run until February 28, 2019. 

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From January 2018 until 2022, there will be an annual increase of 8.25% in the wages of workers in free zone companies.

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