Minimum salary may depend on experience


An independent panel of social security experts has proposed a new minimum salary of 527.40 euros for the first year at work and of 556.70 euros for the second.

This is an increase from the 511 euros that applies today for people aged up to 25 years old and represents the first time a link between the minimum wage and workers’ experience has been proposed.

This salary would apply not only to people up to 25 years of age but to everyone in their first and second years at work regardless of age, the Labor Ministry said on Monday of the experts’ proposal, as age discrimination runs counter to European Union regulations.

Exemptions would apply to people in work experience programs or in training programs up to three months, while it would be up to the social partners (employer associations and employee unions) to will decide on any increases to munimum salaries.