The minimum wage will increase by 0.99% on January 1… without any help from the government

No boost for the minimum wage. The minimum salary will be increased by 0.99% on 1er January to reach 1,554.58 euros gross per month, an increase of 15 euros, according to the decree adopted by the Council of Ministers on Wednesday, December 16. This increase, which corresponds to the automatic revaluation of the minimum wage, will bring the gross hourly amount to 10.25 euros.

At the beginning of December, Jean Castex had indicated that there would be “Likely” no boost beyond automatic revaluation, as recommended each year by the group of experts, consulted before each revaluation.

Faced with the recession, should the minimum wage be increased?

The minimum wage benefits each year from a mechanical increase calculated according to two criteria: the inflation observed for the 20% of households with the lowest incomes and half of the gain in purchasing power of the basic hourly wage of workers and employees (SHBOE) .

“The majority fool the employees”

For the CGT, which claims a minimum wage of 1,800 euros gross, it is “Further proof that the majority fools employees by taking grandiloquent accents on low wages, while struggling to block any increase in the minimum wage”.

At the end of the Council of Ministers, the government spokesperson, Gabriel Attal, stressed that the executive had since 2017 “Expanded and strengthened” the activity bonus to increase “The purchasing power of our fellow citizens who work for the minimum wage”.

Will the social impact of the pandemic be heavier than the health impact?

“This makes, for a person with the minimum wage, a monthly gain of 136 to 236 euros per month when we combine all of these measures”, he assured.

More than 2 million employees concerned

In 2020, the revaluation of 1.2% benefited 2.25 million employees in the private sector, or 13% of employees, according to Dares.

CAC 40 bosses earn an average of 277 times the minimum wage

The proportion of beneficiaries of the revaluation of the minimum wage is three times higher among part-time employees (30% against 9% of full-time employees) and within very small companies (27.3% in those of one to nine employees, compared to 9.8% for those with ten or more employees).

Women represent 44% of employees in the private sector, but 59.3% of employees affected by the increase in the minimum wage.

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