Living Wages in Niger, per month in XOF

The Living Wage is based on the concept that work should provide an adequate income to cover the necessary living costs of a family. WageIndicator calculates Living Wage for around 50 countries based on prices collected within the WageIndicator Cost of Living Survey. The Living Wage calculated by WageIndicator is composed of seven parts: food, housing, transport, health, education, tax and other costs.

WageIndicator presents Living Wages for several household types and working hours to respond to different demands for living wage information: Typical family Living Wage is a baseline estimate that respects the country specific conditions. Family includes two adults and the number of children is given by country specific fertility rate (7.6 children per woman). One parent is working full-time and the working hours of second parent are approximated by national employment rate (69% in 2017). Standard family Living Wage is estimated for a family composed of two adults and two children. One parent is employed full-time and the second parent works 4 days a week it means family employment rate is 1.8. Single-adult Living Wage represents an acceptable standard of living for a single individual working full-time with no dependents.

Expenditure and Living Wage calculation (monthly rates in XOF)

  Typical family   Standard family   Single-adult  
  from to from to from to
Food 212900 301900 88800 126000 22200 31500
Housing 45000 50000 45000 50000 20000 35000
Transport 21000 24600 21000 24600 10500 12300
Health 15000 15000 15000 15000 3750 3750
Education 5000 10000 5000 10000 0 0
Other costs 15000 20100 8740 11300 2830 4130
Total Expenditure 313900 421600 183540 236900 59280 86680
Net Living Wage 184647 248000 101967 131611 59280 86680
Gross Living Wage 228962 307520 126439 163198 73507 107483

Note: For more details see Living Wage FAQ.

Family Living Wages (monthly rates in XOF)

There is not a single answer to what is the adequate cost of living. The result is complex, as the cost of living varies by household composition, location, and employment pattern. The following table presents the Living Wage estimates for a set of common household compositions and under different assumptions about working hours.

  from to
Typical family (two parents + 7.6 children, 1.7 working) 229000 307500
Standard family (two parents + 2 children, 1.8 working) 126400 163200
Two parents and two children, 2 working 113800 146900
Two parents and two children, 1.5 working 151700 195800
Two parents and two children, 1 working 227600 293800
Two parents and three children, 1.7 working 150900 196900
Two parents and four children, 1.7 working 167900 221000
Single-adult without children, 1 working 73500 107500

Note: Results in the table are rounded.

Living Wages in Context (monthly rates in XOF)

Living Wages are presented in context with other wage indicators including minimum wage, poverty line, and various prevailing wages of workers. Table shows the development of income levels over two years.

7-12/20151-6/20167-12/20161-6/2017
  from to from to from to from to
Minimum wage 32047 . 32047 . 32047 . 30047 .
Living Wage - Typical Family . . . . 228400 307900 229000 307500
Living Wage - Single Adult . . . . 73400 107500 73500 107500
Real wage of low-skilled worker . . . . . . 41300 66400
Real wage of medium-skilled worker . . . . . . 53400 77100
Real wage of high-skilled worker . . . . . . 75300 109800

Note: Reported monthly earnings of workers in low-, medium-, and high-skilled occupations are obtained from the voluntary WageIndicator web surveys on work and wages over the last 36 months. Results in the table are rounded.

Living Wage model diet and food prices in XOF

The food expenditure is the main component of Living Wage and it is determined by the price of food basket. The food prices are taken from WageIndicator Cost of Living Survey which collects the actual prices of all items necessary to calculate the Living Wage. The composition of the food basket is taken from the national food balance sheets published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The food basket is scaled to 2,100 calories per person per day that is the nutritional requirement for good health proposed by World Bank (Handbook on poverty and inequality, 2009).

Food itemGrams per dayEnergy (kcal)Price per kilo fromto
Wheat, barley and cereals 456 1199 400 700
Rice 31 109 450 550
Meat (beef, pork, poultry) 48 74 2500 3400
Oils (soyabean, olive, palm) 11 94 500 800
Sugar (Raw Equivalent) 12 46 550 600
Maize and products 9 28 700 1000
Milk - Excluding Butter 139 74 950 1000
Vegetables, Other 77 18 600 1000
Potatoes and products 10 8 500 613
Groundnuts (Shelled Eq) 19 95 . .
Pulses, Other and products 85 289 . .
Cassava and products 19 21 500 550
Egg (price per 10 eggs) 1 1 20000 1000
Sunflowerseed Oil 0 0 900 1000
Fish products 6 4 1400 2000
Beer 1 1 1300 1400
Beans 2 6 300 350
Sweet potatoes 12 11 400 500
Bananas 1 0 600 738
Yams 0 0 1000 1300
Apples and products 0 0 975 1000
Tomatoes and products 25 5 1000 1250
Onions 35 14 850 1200
Oranges, Mandarines 0 0 600 600
Peas 0 1 . .
Roots, Other 1 1 1750 2000
Wine 0 0 1330 1600
Cream 0 0 2000 2800
Honey 0 0 3200 4500
Lemons, Limes and products 0 0 850 1000
Coffee and products 0 0 4850 7000

Data sources:

Living Wage FAQ.

WageIndicator Cost of Living Survey

World Bank Databank, Fertility rate – average births per woman in years 2010-2014

ILO, Estimated participation rate in 2017

FAO, Food balance sheet in 2013 

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