Salários Mínimos na Europa - Minimum wages in Europe
Salários Mínimos na Europa - Minimum wages in Europe (2011) valor 2010
Minimum wages in 20 of the 27 European Union (EU) Member States On 1 January2011, a cross-sector statutory minimum wage was in place in 20 of the 27 Member States of the European Union. The minimum wages in theEuropean Union (EU) range between gross monthly wages of Euro 123 and Euro1,758. The lowest monthly minimum wages were recorded in the countries of central and Eastern Europe. On January 2011, they ranged between EUR 123 in Bulgaria and EUR 349 in Poland. In the southern European countries, the monthly minimum wages ranged between EUR 566 in Portugal and EUR 863 in Greece. However, the minimum wages were markedly higher in the western European countries where they ranged from EUR 1,139 in the United Kingdom to EUR 1,758 in Luxembourg.
The different levels of minimum wages reflect both the economic performance and the cost of living in the individual countries. However, the level at which minimum wages are set is a political decision, too. Measured relative to the average gross earnings of employees in industry and the service sector, in 2009 the minimum wages vary between 29% (Romania) and 51% (Luxembourg) of the average gross monthly earnings.