Costa Rica Announces July 1 Minimum Wage Hike

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By Jared Mondschein

June 24—All private sector minimum wages in Costa Rica will increase 0.5 percent beginning July 1, 2016, the Costa Rican Ministry of Labor and Social Security said June 16.

Approved June 15 by the National Wages Council, the 0.5 percent increase will apply to the minimum wages for all sectors except for the domestic worker sector, which is to increase by 2 percent July 1.

Under the 0.5 percent increase, the daily minimum wage for labors will increase to 9,711.36 colons ($17.72) from 9,663.04 colons ($17.64) and the minimum wage for specialized workers will increase to 12,685.02 colons ($23.15) from 12,621.91 colons ($23.03).

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The Costa Rican Ministry of Labor and Social Security announcement is available in Spanish at

The current minimum wage rates in Costa Rica are available in Spanish at:

More information on payroll issues in Costa Rica can be found in the Costa Rica country primer.

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