Bill to increase the minimum social wage from 1 January 2019

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Date:
13 Nov 2018

Newsflash

By:
Dorothée David

Bill no. 7381 modifying article L. 222-9 of the Labour Code (hereinafter referred to as “the Bill”) was submitted to the Chamber of Deputies on 24 October 2018. The purpose of the Bill is to adapt the minimum social wage rates to the evolution of the average salary during 2016 and 2017.

According to the Bill, the minimum social wage would therefore be increased by 1.1% as of 1 January 2019. The minimum monthly social wage for a non-qualified worker paid per month would therefore go from €251.54 to €254.31 with the index value of 100 weighted for the cost of living as of 1 January 1948.

According to the new article L. 222-9 of the Labour Code as modified by the Bill, the new minimum monthly social wage would therefore be as follows, starting on 1 January 2019 (index 814.40):

  • non-qualified employee (over 18): 2,071.10.-EUR gross, compared with 2,048.54.-EUR at the moment, 
  • employee aged between 17 and 18: 1,656.88.-EUR, compared with 1,638.83.- EUR at the moment, 
  • employee aged between 15 and 17: 1,553.33.-EUR, compared with 1,536.41.- EUR at the moment, 
  • qualified employee: 2,485.32.-EUR gross, compared with 2,458.25.- EUR at the moment.

Furthermore, the Council of Government has also decided to increase the guaranteed minimum income (the “revenu d’inclusion sociale”, or REVIS) and the income for those with severe disabilities (the “revenu pour personnes gravement handicapées”, or RPGH), by 1.1% at the same time, to come in to effect on 1 January 2019.

Bill no. 7381 modifying article L. 222-9 of the Labour Code