Minister Napuat Signs Increase in Minimum Wages

Vanuatu’s new Minimum Wage rate is VT220 per hour.

Minister of Internal Affairs, Andrew Napuat signed and announced the Minimum Wage increase from VT200 to VT220 per hour yesterday at the Department of Labour.

Under the law, the Minister must review the minimum wage rate every two years.

The last increase in minimum wage was signed by Mr Napuat in December 2017 and became effective on January 1, 2018.

At the time, it was a 17% increase from the previous minimum rate of VT170 per hour to VT200 per hour.

Minister Napuat said he is aware of the people’s concerns that the Government should increase minimum wages.

“The Department of Labour will conduct a consultation in the coming weeks which will end on the month of October,” said Minister Napuat

“The consultation will meet with members of the general public to get their views on the minimum wage rate.

“The submissions of their result will be taken into consideration, only then can the Government set a minimum wage that meets the living standards of the people.

“And we can all agree on a minimum wage rate that is relevant and suitable for everyone.”

The Minister thanked the Commissioner of Labour, Murielle Meltenoven and her team for meeting the standard requirements in order for yesterday’s signing to take place.

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