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Estonian government to endorse establishing EUR 540 minimum wage

  • 2018-12-13
  • LETA/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Estonian Minister of Health and Labor Riina Sikkut will submit a proposal to the government on Thursday to establish a new minimum wage at 3.21 euros per hour and 540 euros per month.

The current minimum remuneration is 2.97 euros and the minimum monthly salary for working full-time is 500 euros, spokespeople for the government said. 

The minimum wage in Estonia was established with the extended collective agreement between the Estonian Employers' Confederation and the Estonian Trade Union Confederation concluded on Sept. 28, 2018. Based on settled practice, the national minimum wage is agreed upon by social partners and officially confirmed by the government.

Data by the Estonian Tax and Customs board indicates that in 2018, the number of employees working full-time and receiving the minimum wage of 500 euros per month totaled 25,500, which accounts for 5.3 percent of all paid workers.

Wages in the range from 501 to 539 euros per month were earned by roughly 15,700, or 3 percent of full-time workers. From January to August, a total of 44,900 persons declared remuneration in the amount of the minimum wage at least in one month during the period and 59,200 persons in the amount of 501 to 539 euros.

Increasing the minimum monthly wage from 500 euros to 540 euros will bring an additional 14.5 million euros in tax revenue to the state budget.

Labor costs of the state and local government institutions will increase by 3.3 million euros, according to an estimation by the Estonian Ministry of Finance. Budgetary state agencies will not be allocated supplementary instruments from the state budget and the rise in minimum wages will be covered within the payroll.  

The rise in minimum wage will also bring about a rise in related benefits, such as parental allowance, child care leave and parental leave. 

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