Minimum wage hike likely this month

New minimum wage of over 15 baht rise is expected to take effect at the end of January as New Year’s gift for workers, said Labour Minister Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew.

Pol Gen Adul said on Thursday (Jan 4) that the National Minimum Wage Committee will hold a meeting to discuss the increase of minimum wage within Jan 15.

The new minimum wage will see over 15 baht rise from the current wage and workers are expected to get paid under the new wage at the end of this month as advised by the prime minister who wished the increase as the gift for workers in the new year.

Pol Gel Adul Saengsingkaew

Pol Gen Adul said the meeting will decide the appropriate rate based on several factors, namely livelihood of workers, cost of living, employer’s affordable payment and their competitiveness, and minimum wage in neighbouring countries.

The ministry’s permanent secretary Jarin Chakkaphark said minimum wage has not been adjusted for the past three years.

He said the latest adjustment raised minimum wage to 310 baht for only 30 provinces.

The tripartite committee has earlier considered the increase at the range of 2-15 baht, Mr Jarin said, adding that the new minimum wage increase may be over 15 baht.