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Costa Rica announces minimum wages for 2nd half 2016

Staff Writer |
Costa Rica has announced the private sector minimum wages for the second half of 2016. From July 1, an increase in the minimum wage of between 0.5% to 2% came into effect.

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The Ministry of Labour establishes minimum wages for the private sector depending on the type of work, and with or without a diploma, college or university degree.

The minimum salaries are established by the Ministry of Labour (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social – MTSS) for work in agriculture, livestock, fishing, tourism, services, trades and transport among others. Salaries are based on a day wage, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.

For workers who perform “heavy or dangerous work” their salary is on an hourly wage equivalent to one sixth of the wage of day for unskilled labour, according to labour authorities.

An agricultural labourer should earn ¢289.828 monthly. The monthly minimum wage with a college degree is now ¢518.566, and ¢622.300 for university graduates.


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