October 6, 2022

Talks on 2023 Minimum Wage Increase for Garment Sector Begin

The Labour Advisory Council started discussions on the annual increase of monthly minimum wage for the textile, garment, footwear and travel goods industry for 2023.

The meeting was held here on Aug. 15 in the presence of H.E. Ith Samheng, Minister of Labour and Vocational Training and Chair of the Labour Advisory Council as government representative, with the participation of representatives of employers and employees.

The council presented key statistical updates on socio-economic criteria and inputs such as current inflation, competition and market situation from the representatives of employers and employees to form the wage.

Further internal discussions will be made as next meetings are scheduled on Aug. 24 and 31 and Sept. 7, 14, 22 and 23.

The Kingdom exported US$6.6 billion worth of goods in the first half of this year, up 40 percent from the same period last year, according to the General Department of Customs and Excise.

The monthly minimum wage for the sector is US$194 in 2022, up from US$192 in 2021, US$190 in 2020, US$182 in 2019, and US$170 in 2018, without counting other allowances on transport, housing, and regular attendance bonus, etc. per month.

The textile, garment, footwear and travel goods sector consists of about 1,100 factories and branches with around 750,000 workers.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press