Salary increase for private employees for first half of 2015 is 2.01%

Private employees who receive the legal minimum wage will get a 2.01 percent increase Jan. 1

That was the decision of the Consejo Nacional de Salarios, which adjusts the minimum salaries, the salarios minimos, every six months.

Domestic employees, however, will get a raise of 2.5 percent, the Consejo decided. In Costa Rica there is no single minimum wage.

There are minimum wages based on job categories.

The salary increase came after input by labor and management. Employee advocates sought increases of from 2.91 to 4.68 percent. The Unión Costarricense de Cámaras y Asociaciones de la Empresa Privada suggested an increase of 1.62 percent.

The Ministerioo de Trabajo usually posts the new salaries on its Web site before the first payment is due. The salaries are daily for some job classifications, mostly blue collar, and monthly for most skilled positions.

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