Minimum Wage in Garment Industry Raised to $192 in 2021​

Workers work in a garment factory.

After months of negotiation, the Royal Government consents to increase the minimum wage in the textile, garment, and footwear industry to USD 192 a month in 2021, a one-percent increase compared to 2020.

During the final meeting of the national council on minimum wage, all parties agree to keep the minimum wage at the fixed rate of USD 190 per month as same as the rate in 2020 due to COVID-19 crisis. However, Samdech Techo Hun Sen, prime minister of Cambodia, reached a decision to provide an additional USD 2 to the existing rate, accounting for a total of USD 192 a month for 2021. 

The final meeting was held at the ministry of labor and vocational training under the chairmanship of H.E. Ith Samheng, minister of labor and Vocational Training, with the participation of the tripartite composition of the Royal Government, trade union, and employers. 

Notably, the Royal Government of Cambodia has carried out the policy to an annual increase of the minimum wage of workers in the textile, garment, and footwear industry.

Back in 1997, the minimum wage of employees was only USD 40 per month; on the other hand, in 2020, the minimum wage rises dramatically to USD 190 per month. 

By: Kimlong HAK