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Minimal wage in EU

Figures published by Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities concerning the national legislation setting statutory minimum wages by 20 Member States of the EU in January 2007.

They varied widely, from €92 per month in Bulgaria to €1 570 per month in Luxembourg . When taking into account differences in purchasing power (PPS), then Luxembourg (1 503 PPS per month) has the highest and Romania (204 PPS) the lowest one.

Based on the level of the minimum wage in euro, Member States fell into three groups - minimum wages below €300 per month in January 2007: Bulgaria (€92 per month), Romania (€114), Latvia (€172), Lithuania (€174), Slovakia (€217), Estonia (€230), Poland (€246),Hungary (€258) and the Czech Republic (€288).

The group, with minimum wages between €400 and €700 per month is the following:

Portugal (€470), Slovenia (€522), Malta (€585), Spain (€666) and Greece (€668 in July 2006).

The third group where minimum wages were over €1 200 per month consists of: France (€1 254), Belgium (€1 259), the Netherlands (€1 301), the United Kingdom (€1 361), Ireland (€1 403) and Luxembourg (€1 570)

For comparison, the minimum wage in the USA was €676 per month in January 2007.

In 2005, minimum wages in Member States of the EU represented a third of the average monthly gross earnings in industry and services in Estonia , Romania , Latvia , Poland and Slovakia and a half in Ireland , Luxembourg , Malta and Bulgaria. In the USA the minimum wage represented 32% of the average monthly gross earnings.

NationalEuro (or recalc)Purchasing Power Stand.Nat. curr.% of people receiving m.w.m.w. as % of avg wage
Belgium1 2591 2031259::
Bulgaria9221618016.050
Czech Republic2884658 0002.039
Estonia2303623 6004.833
Greece**668768668::
Spain6667246660.840
France1 2541 1501 25416.8:
Ireland1 4031 14114033.352
Latvia17231012012.034
Lithuania17432460010.338
Luxembourg1 5701 5031 57011.051
Hungary25842365 5008.038
Malta 5858052511.551
Netherlands1 3011 2441 3012.246
Poland2463899362.934
Portugal4705464704.741
Romania1142043909.733
Slovenia5227015222.846
Slovakia2173517 600 1.734
United Kingdom1 361 1 292 9161.837
Turkey298498563::
USA6767798931.332

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