WageIndicator publishes and renews Living Wage data for 76 countries globally - September 2019

WageIndicator publishes and updates Living Wage data for 76 countries globally - September 2019

WageIndicator updates Living Wage data for 76 countries globally

In most countries around the world, a national minimum wage is set by law and workers are entitled to this minimum wage. The national minimum wage levels need to be regularly adjusted to take account for fluctuations in the cost of living for working low-income households. Living wage is based on the concept that work should provide a minimum decent standard of living for a family. Living wage campaigns aim at lifting the minimum wage and to make minimum wage a living wage. The living wage is not prescribed by a law and, thus, cannot be legally enforced. Instead, living wages provide a benchmark for employers who voluntarily commit to pay wages according to the local living standards. Living wages can be family-, region- and time-specific and therefore they are very accurate.

For a link to all 76 country reports see: https://wageindicator.org/salary/living-wage or Guzi, M, & Kahanec, M. (2019). Living Wages Globally - Country Reports September 2019. WageIndicator Foundation, Amsterdam. 

Allowing people to lead a decent life is not only a moral obligation. It also encourages consumption by increasing a country’s purchasing power and by keeping employment rates up. Employers paying living wage benefit from lower turnover of employees and higher productivity gains. Despite the general agreement on the ethical and economic contributions a living wage would make, no common framework for calculating these living wages exists. Most organizations develop their own regional or national living wage models.

WageIndicator Foundation calculates living wages internationally in order to raise the awareness to the adequacy of national minimum wages. The calculation of living costs is based on the principles developed by Richard and Martha Anker for the Global Living Wage Coalition (Anker and Anker, 2017). The methodology is versatile and can be applied to all country and regional settings. WageIndicator uses the Cost-of-Living application specifically designed to gather the prices of items necessary to calculate the cost of living. The global collection of price data is innovative. Price surveys are posted online on national WageIndicator websites. In some countries with low Internet access, price information is collected by interviewers visiting markets and supermarkets, in addition to interviewing people about prices. The collection of prices has been very successful and since its introduction in 2014 until the September 2019, more than 2.2 million prices were gathered combined on all items in all countries. Because prices are collected continuously the presented living wages are always based on the actual price levels and can be regularly updated.

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