Portugal - Rise of minimum wage to €635, but still lowest in western Europe - November 30, 2019

The government presented a proposal to raise the monthly minimum wage by nearly 6% to €635 next year, which would still make it the lowest in western Europe. The Prime Minister promised to raise the monthly minimum wage by 25% to €750 by 2023 when he began his second term in office last month. The increase has coincided with significant dynamism in the economy and the labour market. One in five workers in Portugal are on the minimum wage and the employment status of 890,000 people was officially described last year as precarious, a term used to refer to non-standard forms of employment, including temporary work and fixed-term contracts.

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