Living Wages in Niger, per month in CFA Franc BCEAO

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 uses prices from the Cost of Living Survey to calculate Living Wage for 60 countries. The Living Wage is an approximate income needed to meet a family’s basic needs including food, housing, transport, health, education, tax deductions and other necessities.

The following table summarises the varying expenditure and income needs for the three commonly occurring family household compositions.

Expenditure and Living Wage calculation (monthly rates in CFA Franc BCEAO)

  Typical family   Standard family   Single-adult  
  from to from to from to
Food 221500 303200 92300 126300 23100 31600
Housing 45000 50000 45000 50000 20000 27700
Transport 20000 24000 20000 24000 10000 12000
Health 15000 15000 15000 15000 3750 3750
Education 5000 10000 5000 10000 0 0
Other costs 15300 20100 8870 11300 2840 3760
Total Expenditure 321800 422300 186170 236600 59690 78810
Net Living Wage 189294 248412 103428 131444 59690 78810
Gross Living Wage 234700 308000 128300 163000 74000 97700

Note: For more details see Living Wage FAQ.

Family Living Wages (monthly rates in CFA Franc BCEAO)

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 most common family household compositions and under different assumptions about working hours.

  from to
Typical family (two parents + 7.6 children, 1.7 working) 234700 308000
Standard family (two parents + 2 children, 1.8 working) 128300 163000
Two parents and two children, 2 working 115400 146700
Two parents and two children, 1.5 working 153900 195600
Two parents and two children, 1 working 230900 293400
Two parents and three children, 1.7 working 153500 196800
Two parents and four children, 1.7 working 171100 220900
Single-adult without children, 1 working 74000 97700

Note: Results in the table are rounded.

Living Wages in Context (monthly rates in CFA Franc BCEAO)

The Minimum Wage is a national legally binding obligation on employers which often make no reference to a living standard. Living Wage describes the adequate living standard. The common goal of the many living wage campaigns currently taking place all over the world is to lift Minimum Wages levels to those of the Living Wages. WageIndicator presents Living Wages jointly with Minimum Wages, aiming to raise awareness concerning the remaining differences in levels. Living Wages are presented in context with other wage indicators including prevailing wages of workers over recent years.

  2014 . 2015 . 2016 . 2017 .
  from to from to from to from to
Minimum wage 32047 32047 32047 32047 32047 32047 30047 30047
Living Wage - Single Adult . . . . . . 74000 97700
Living Wage - Typical Family . . . . . . 234700 308000
Real wage of low-skilled worker . . . . . . 62300 79700
Real wage of medium-skilled worker . . . . . . 68800 74400
Real wage of high-skilled worker . . . . . . 72000 98900

Note: Table shows the lowest monthly Minimum Wage in a country, when available. Reported monthly earnings of workers in low-, medium-, and high-skilled occupations are obtained from the voluntary WageIndicator web survey on work and wages. Results in the table are rounded.


Food basket and food prices in CFA Franc BCEAO

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 1000 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

WageIndicator Living Wage background:

The WageIndicator Living Wage is set to provide acceptable living standard to a family of a particular size. WageIndicator presents Living Wages for several household types and working hours which reflect the most frequently found real situations in which people have to make a living: 1. Typical family Living Wage is a baseline estimate that respects the country specific conditions. Typical family is comprised of two adults and the number of children is given by country specific fertility rate (the average number of children a woman is expected to have during her lifespan). One adult is working full-time and the working hours of second adult are approximated by national employment rate. The total income earned by two adults paid living wage is sufficient to reach adequate living standard. 2. Standard family Living Wage is estimated for a family composed of two adults and two children (referred to as family 2+2). Living wage is calculated under different assumptions about working hours. These include that both adults work full-time (family employment rate is 2), or at least one adult works part-time or half-time (family employment rate is 1.8 and 1.5), or one adult does not work at all (i.e. patriarchal model with family employment 1). Alternatives refer to trade-offs between leisure and work and define what living wage represents. In every case the total income earned by two adults paid living wage is sufficient to reach adequate living standard. 3. Extended family Living Wage includes family with three or four children. One adult works full-time and the work intensity of second parent is approximated by national employment rate. 4. Individual Living Wage represents an acceptable standard of living for a single individual working full-time.

Data sources: WageIndicator Cost of Living Survey, World Bank Databank Fertility rate 2010-2014, ILO Estimated participation rate in 2017, FAO Food balance sheet in 2013.

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