Minimum wage rise

Spain’s government is set to agree a 22 per cent increase in the national minimum wage next week as part of an attempt to ease tensions between Madrid and Catalan.

Prime minister Pedro Sanchez will hold a cabinet meeting next week in the Catalan capital Barcelona at which the rise from €858.55 to €900 (£810) a month is to be passed.

The increase will move Spain’s legal minimum pay further ahead of countries like Portugal’s which has a minimum wage of €795 when adjusted for the cost of living. However, this will still see Spain well short of the UK where the full-time monthly minimum is around €1,395.00. In Germany it’s €1,430 and France 1,498.47. The top three are Ireland €1,563.25, the Netherlands €1,578.00 and number one spot is Luxembourg €1,998.59. Considering countries like Bulgaria €261.00 at the lower end of the spectrum giving an average throughout Europe of €876.10. This calculated from 22 of the 28 European Union countries with official minimum wages.

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