Gov’t to increase minimum wage from January

The government has decided to increase the minimum wage by VND250,000-VND350,000 (US$12-$16.8) per month, effective from January 1, 2013.

Accordingly, minimum wage for Zone 1 will increase from VND2 million ($96) to VND2,350,000 ($112.8) per month; for Zone 2 from VND1,780,000 ($85.4) to VND2,100,000 ($100,8) per month; for Zone 3 from VND1,550,000 to VND1,800,000; and for Zone 4 from VND1.4 million to VND1,650,000 per month.

Zone 1 covers Hanoi, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City and Vung Tau and the provinces of Binh Duong, Quang Ninh and Dong Nai.

Zone 2 covers Can Tho and Hai Phong cities and Vinh Phuc, Thai Nguyen, Khanh Hoa, Binh Phuoc, Tay Ninh, Long An, An Giang, and Ca Mau Provinces.

Zone 3 covers Hue and 18 provinces while Zone 4 covers the remainder of the country.

By P. Thao - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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