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2013 Minimum Wage Roundup! Outlook? Raises.

The revival of global trade in 2011-2012 and stronger demand for apparel and garments in developed markets has brought back another familiar trend – annual minimum wage increases.

2012 saw a wave of wage related protests strike Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Myanmar, with workers demanding wage increases of anywhere from 15 to 60 percent. Governments, acknowledging the need for stability in the garment workforce, have responded with base wage increases. Overall, wages are rising rapidly in major garment manufacturing countries.

Pakistan – $83/month. No change is forecast for 2013. 8.07% inflation in 2012. Labor unrest may cause unexpected increases, as happened in 2012.

Bangladesh – $37/month. No change is forecast for 2013. 7.93% inflation in 2012. Labor unrest may cause unexpected increases, as happened in 2012.

Myanmar – $60/month. 32% increase from 2012. 6.2% inflation in 2012.

China (Shenzhen) – $240/month. 15.4% from 2012. 2.0% official inflation in 2012. Labor shortages may cause increases, as happened in 2012.

USA – $7.25/hour. No increase in 2013. 1.89% inflation in 2012.

Vietnam – $79/month. $12 increase from 2012. 7% inflation in 2012.

Honduras – $282/month. 7.5% increase from 2012. 5% inflation in 2012.

Mexico – $158/month. 4.2% increase from 2012. 4.1% inflation in 2012.

Brazil – $340/month. 9% increase from 2012. 5.2% inflation in 2012.

Turkey – $557/month. 4.1% increase from 2012. 9.1% inflation in 2012.

Spain – $1011/month. 0.6% increase from 2012. 2.1% inflation in 2012.

India – $137/month. 10.7% increase from 2012. 7.6% inflation in 2012. Labor unrest may cause unexpected increases, as happened in 2012.

Cambodia – $61/month. No change forecast for 2013. 3.5% inflation in 2012. Legislation is pending that would raise the wage to $120/month, but its passage depends on labor unrest.

Wage figures are from local governments whenever possible. Pakistan, India, and Mexico have varying minimum wages depending on job category. Figures given are for the semi-skilled sewing category. In Shenzhen, the minimum wage given is for semi-skilled. Aside from Cambodia, all wage increases shown have already been legislated and will roll out in February at the latest. Inflation numbers are based on World Bank data.