Minimum wage increases approved by the Minimum Vital and Mobile Salary Council last week were published in the Official Bulletin today. Paid in three monthly increases, the minimum salary will rise by 26.6% by June 1 compared with current levels, but economists say it is falling far behind Argentina’s racing inflation, which hit 102.5% in February. On April 1, the minimum wage will rise to AR$80,342 (US$386.59 at the official exchange rate or US$213.45 at the MEP rate) and AR$401.71 per hour for day laborers. He added that the minimum wage had shrunk in proportion to the basic basket of goods compared with 2015. The payments for social programs such as Potenciar Trabajo are a percentage of the minimum wage, so increasing the minimum wage leads to increased state spending.
Source: Bueno Aires Herald March 29, 2023 03:43 UTC