The Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security, Minister Vitoria Diogo, approved the Ministerial Decrees numbers 31/2017, 32/2017, 33/2017, 34/2017, 35/2017, 36/2017, 37/2017 and 38/2017, which established the new minimum wages. The new statutory minimum wages increased from 5.5 to 21 percent, depending on the following industry sectors:

  • Agriculture, cattle industry, hunting and forestry;
  • Fishing;
  • Mineral Extraction Industry;
  • Manufacturing Industry;
  • Production and distribution of electricity, gas and water;
  • Construction;
  • Non-financial services;
  • Financial Services

The new minimum wages are as follows, effective 01 April 2017 and should be backdated accordingly:

Wages/ Salaries for other professional categories will be subject to collective bargaining negotiating between employers and trade union organizations.

Employers must adhere to the new levels for foreign workers whose work permit applications are pending as of 01 April 2017.


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