3.78% is the salary increase for salaried private sector workers earning minimum wage, approved by the Ministry of Labour (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social – MTSS).
The increase takes effect on January 1, 2014.
Costa Rica’s unions had proposed an increase of 3.96%. Labour Minister, Olman Segura, assures that the unions support the government decision, a balance of giving workers a beneficial increase without affective negatively the business sector.
Wondering how much to pay the maid? Or the gardener? How about the secretary or receptionist? The MTSS publishes the minimum wage rates every six months. Click here for the wage list for the second half of 2013 (pdf file).
The salary paid to a worker is up to the employer, but Costa Rica law establishes a minimum wage for all types of job categories and ensures that each employee receives the minimum pay at least.