Angola’s government approves an increase in the minimum wage for the private sector

25 February 2019

The national minimum wage for the private sector in Angola has been increased by 30%, pending publication of the respective presidential decree in the country’s official gazette, Diário da República, which is expected to be signed between March and April, an official said.

The Minister of Public Administration, Labour and Social Security, Jesus Maiato, said at the end of the meeting of the Economic Commission of the Council of Ministers on Friday that the lowest minimum wage will cover agricultural workers, whose wage will increase from 16,503 to 21,454 kwanzas (US$68).

Trade and manufacturing workers will receive 26,817 kwanzas and those in the extractive industry will see their wages rise to 32,181 kwanzas (US$102).

The minister stressed that the measure is the result of a study carried out and an increase was proposed to allow the recovery of household purchasing power and to maintain stability and balance.

Regarding the pension adjustment project in terms of Mandatory Social Protection, also approved at the same session, Maiato said that the minimum old-age pension was increased by 57.14% to 33,598 kwanzas (US$106).

Salaries in the civil service were revised last January, with the minimum wage rising 57% to 33,000 kwanzas (US$105). (macauhub)