On January 1, 2020, region-based minimum wages for non-state employees in Vietnam will increase by an average of 5.5%. The increase was passed by Vietnam’s National Wage Council on July 11, 2019, and approved by the prime minister on November 17 of the same year.
As the cost of living varies dramatically throughout Vietnam, the government divides the country into four salary regions for the purpose of issuing minimum wages, reflecting the economic realities of the urban/rural divide and other developmental factors. The increase in the minimum wage for 2020 is summarised in the table below.
Monthly minimum wage by region:
Employers with employees in each of the four regions mentioned above should be aware of these changes and ensure that they are complying with them by paying their employees the minimum wage for that region. Contract and payroll reviews are therefore recommended to ensure compliance.