Varkkey, B., Korde, R. & Singh, S. (2016). Minimum Wage Comparison: Asian Countries – Minimum Wage Fixing. WageIndicator Foundation, Amsterdam

Varkkey, B., Korde, R. & Singh, S. (2016). Minimum Wage Comparison: Asian Countries – Minimum Wage Fixing. WageIndicator Foundation, Amsterdam

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ABSTRACT

For countries which have a minimum wage, the minimum wage fixing system differs according to objectives and criteria, machinery and procedures, coverage, and subsequent adjustment as well as the operation and enforcement of rules established. In many countries, a tripartite committee sets minimum wages or commission comprised of representatives from workers, employers, and the government, while in others they are set by executive decree or legislative actions.
This report is a part of a series of reports, which will cover various aspects of minimum wage in Asian countries like, Official Representation of Minimum Wages, Minimum Wage Fixation, Legal Compliance and Minimum Wage Rate Comparison. For the comparative analysis of minimum wage representation in Asian countries, we have considered only those, which are under the Wage Indicator project1. These countries are: Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. 

The previous report2 on Minimum Wage Comparison, gives a brief on Minimum Wages and how the Minimum wage Legislation differs from one country to another. The focus remains on the above mentioned Asian countries. The paper also checks the extent and reality of minimum wages in these countries and which occupational groups they apply to. The paper ends with a discussion on the official representation of minimum wages in the chosen Asian countries.