Published On: Wed, Aug 24th, 2016

Larmonie-Cecilia wants minimum wage to gradually go up

Ruthmilda-Larmonie-CeciliaWILLEMSTAD - Minister Ruthmilda Larmonie Cecilia of Social Development, Labor and Welfare announced that the minimum wage in Curaçao will be increased gradually.

Recently the Central Bureau of Statistics published the incomes of different households in Curaçao for subsistence. When calculating the desired minimum wage, the Ministry based itself on a household of one parent with two children, which is the most common on the island; such a household has a need of between 1800 and 1900 guilders per month to be able to survive.

Now a full-time job pays, at the current minimum wage, 1,420 guilders per month. Larmonie Cecilia wants to raise the minimum wage annually. On January 1, 2017 the minimum hourly wage will increase by 80 cents and that, as is planned, will be repeated every year until 2020.

The minimum hourly wage in that year will amount to 11.20 guilders. That means that a 40-hour workweek pays 1,976 guilders per month.

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