Mozambique: Government approves salary increases of between 6.7 and 30 percent

6 May 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 6 May – The Mozambican government Monday approved the new minimum wages for the private and state sectors with increases of a minimum of 6.7 percent and a maximum of 30 percent.

According to the list approved by the Council of Ministers the agricultural, farming and agro-industrial sectors will have the lowest increase, of 6.7 percent, and the minimum wage for these sectors will increase to 1315 meticais (US$54).

The energy, water and gas sectors were granted the highest increase, of 30 percent, taking the minimum wage to 2139.5 meticais (US$88).

State workers, including the armed forces and the police will see a salary increase of 11 percent, with the lowest wage rising to 1566 meticais (US$64.5).

“The rises correspond to the agreements reached between unions and the government and also reflect what the country is able to pay, taking into account the economic difficulties it has faced,” noted the spokesman for the Council of Ministers, Luís Covane.

The new salaries will come into force this month, but will also apply to April’s salaries, Covane said. (macauhub)