The government has approved the minimum hourly wage to rise from 2.97 euro to 3.21 euro per hour. Starting in the new year, the minimum monthly salary will increase from 500 to 540 euro. According to Estonian Tax and Customs Board (MTA) data, a total of 25,500 full-time employees earned the minimum wage of €500 per month, accounting for 5.3% of all paid employees. Another 15,700 people, or 3% of full-time employees, earned €501-539 per month. The new minimum wage was agreed upon in an extended collective agreement concluded between the Estonian Trade Union Confederation (EAKL) Estonian Employers' Confederation (ETTK) last summer.
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