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Increase to minimum salary proposed

Released at: 11:01, 17/07/2015

Increase to minimum salary proposed

Labor Confederation calls for increases in 2016 and 2017.

by Minh Tuyet

The Vietnam General Confederation of Labor has proposed minimum wages increase by between VND350,000 ($16) and VND550,000 ($25.2), depending on the region, in 2016 with further increases to come in 2017. Vice President Mai Duc Chinh said the proposal is based on an inflation rate of 5 per cent each year, increases in productivity of between 3 and 3.5 per cent each year, and economic growth of about 6.5 per cent each year.

The minimum wage must also be adapted to meet minimum living standards in Vietnam, he added. The level of increases, he went on, will not have any significant impact on enterprises.

Region Minimum salary in 2016 Increase compared to 2015 Minimum salary in 2017 Increase compared to 2016
Region I

VND3.65 million


VND4.3 million


Region II

VND3.2 million


VND3.8 million


Region III

VND2.8 million


VND3.35 million


Region IV

VND 2.5 million


VND 3 million


Minimum living standards, meanwhile, vary in different localities. This creates difficulties for the national committee in charge of calculating the minimum salary for each of the four designated regions. For example, the committee put housing rentals at only VND80,000 ($3.6), which is a lot less than reality.

Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Pham Thi Hai Chuyen said that the minimum salary only meets 63 per cent of minimum living standards. She therefore expects profit-wage sharing at enterprises to improve.

Region I:

Districts in:

- Hanoi: Gia Lam, Dong Anh, Soc Son, Thanh Tri, Thuong Tin, Hoai Duc, Thach That, Quoc Oai, Me Linh, Chuong My and Son Tay Town    

- Hai Phong City: Thuy Nguyen, An Duong, An Lao, Vinh Bao

- Ho Chi Minh City: All numbered districts, Cu Chi, Hoc Mon, Binh Chanh and Nha Be 

Towns in:

- Dong Nai Province: Nhon Trach, Long Thanh, Vinh Cuu, Trang Bom

- Binh Duong Province: Thu Dau Mot, Thuan An, Di An, Ben Cat, Tan Uyen, Bau Bang, Bac Tan Uyen   

- Ba Ria Vung Tau Province: Vung Tau

Region II  

- Remaining areas of Hanoi, Hai Phong, and Binh Duong Province 

- Hai Duong Province: Hai Duong City

- Hung Yen Province: Hung Yen City, My Hao, Van Lam, Van Giang and Yen My Districts

- Vinh Phuc Province: Vinh Yen City, Phuc Yen Town, Binh Xuyen and Yen Lac Districts

- Bac Ninh Province: Bac Ninh City, Tu Son Town, Que Vo, Tien Du, Yen Phong, Thuan Thanh Districts

- Quang Ninh Province: Ha Long, Cam Pha, Uong Bi, Mong Cai Cities

- Cities in: Thai Nguyen, Lao Cai, Ninh Binh, Hue

- Nam Dinh Province: Nam Dinh City and My Loc District

- Phu Tho Province: Viet Tri

- Da Nang Province: city and all districts

- Khanh Hoa Province: Nha Trang and Cam Ranh City

- Lam Dong Province: Da Lat and Bao Loc City

- Binh Thuan Province: Phan Thiet City

- Ho Chi Minh City: Can Gio District

- Tay Ninh Province: Tay Ninh City, Trang Bang and Go Dau District

- Dong Nai Province: Long Khanh Town, Dinh Quan and Xuan Loc District

- Binh Phuoc Province: Dong Xoai Town and Chon Thanh District 

- Ba Ria Vung Tau Province: Ba Ria City and Tan Thanh District

- Long An Province: Tan An City and Duc Hoa, Ben Luc, Can Duoc and Can Giuoc District

- Tien Giang Province: My Tho City

- Can Tho City: all urban districts

- Kien Giang Province: Rach Gia City, Ha Tien Town and Phu Quoc District    

- An Giang Province: Long Xuyen City   

- Ca Mau Province: Ca Mau City

Region III     

- Remaining provincial cities

- Remaining districts of Hung Yen, Nam Dinh, Tay Ninh and Dong Nai Province

- Hai Duong Province: Chi Linh Town, Cam Giang, Nam Sach, Kinh Thanh, Kinh Mon, Gia Loc, Binh Giang, Tu Ky Districts

- Thai Nguyen Province: Song Cong, Pho Yen, Phu Binh, Phu Luong, Dong Hy, Dai Tu Town    

- An Giang Province: Tan Chau Town    

- Ninh Binh Province: Tam Diep Town, Gia Vien, Yen Khanh, Hoa Lu Districts

- Thanh Hoa Province: Bim Son Town and Tinh Gia 

- Thua Thien Hue Province: Huong Thuy, Huong Tra Town, Phu Loc, Phong Dien, Quang Dien and Phu Vang Districts   

- Phu Yen Province: Song Cau, Dong Hoa    

- Khanh Hoa Province: Ninh Hoa Town, Cam Lam, Dien Khanh and Van Ninh District   

- Binh Thuan Province: La Gi Town, Ham Thuan Bac, Ham Thuan Nam Districts

- Binh Phuoc Province: Phuoc Long and Binh Long Town, Dong Phu, Hon Quan Districts

- Long An Province: Kien Tuong, Thu Thua, Duc Hue, Chau Thanh, Tan Tru, Thanh Hoa

- Tien Giang Province: Go Cong Town, Chau Thanh Town

- Vinh Long Province: Binh Minh Town, Long Ho District    

- Hau Giang Province: Nga Bay Town, Chau Thanh, Chau Thanh A Towns

Districts in:

- Vinh Phuc Province: Vinh Tuong, Tam Dao, Tam Duong, Lap Thach, and Song Lo   

- Phu Tho Province: Phu Tho Town, Phu Ninh, Lam Thao, Thanh Ba and Tam Nong

- Bac Ninh Province: Gia Binh and Luong Tai

- Bac Giang Province: Viet Yen, Yen Dung, Hiep Hoa, Tan Yen, Lang Giang

- Quang Ninh Province: Hoanh Bo, Dong Trieu

- Lao Cai Province: Bao Thang, Sapa

- Ha Nam Province: Duy Tien, Kim Bang

- Hoa Binh Province: Luong Son

- Ha Tinh Province: Ky Anh 

- Quang Nam Province: Dien Ban, Dai Loc, Duy Xuyen and Nui Thanh

- Quang Ngai Province: Binh Son, Son Tinh

- Ninh Thuan Province: Ninh Hai, Thuan Bac  

- Kon Tom Province: Dak    

- Lam Dong Province: Duc Trong, Di Linh 

- Ba Ria Vung Tau Province: Long Dien, Dat Do, Xuyen Moc, Chau Duc and Con Dao   

- Ben Tre Province: Chau Thanh    

- Can Tho City: all rural districts    

- Kien Giang Province: Kien Luong, Kien Hai, Giang Thanh, Chau Thanh      

- Ca Mau Province: Nam Can, Cai Nuoc, U Minh, Tran Van Thoi    

Region IV   

All remaining areas

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