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Countries With The Highest Minimum Hourly Wages In The World, 2019

Interestingly, Australia, Luxembourg, New Zealand, France, and the Netherlands offer the highest minimum hourly wages in the world, according to data from Germany’s Wirtschafts-und Sozialwissenschaftliches Institut (WSI).

Where should workers move to in order to earn the best minimum hourly wage?

The answer is Australia.

The hourly minimum wage in Australia is US$14.14, Luxembourg at US$13.14 per hour, New Zealand at US$11.28 per hour, France at US$11.24 per hour, while the Netherlands offers US$11.01.

The hourly rate in the United States yields the equivalent of US$6.63 of purchasing power, according to the report, almost four times that of Russia’s, which is worth only $1.87 in purchasing power terms.

What is Purchasing power standard (PPS)?

Purchasing power standard (PPS) is an artificial common reference currency unit used in the European Union which eliminates the differences of price levels between countries.

Theoretically, one PPS can buy the same amount of goods and services in each country. The aggregates expressed in PPS are calculated by dividing the aggregates expressed in current prices and in national currency by the Purchasing Power Parities (PPP).

Countries With The Highest Minimum Hourly Wages In The World, 2019:

RankCountryMinimum hourly wages (USD)Purchasing Power Standards (USD)
1Australia14.1410.77
2Luxembourg13.1410.67
3New Zealand11.288.91
4France11.2410.45
5Netherlands11.0110.01
6Ireland10.878.75
7Belgium10.789.91
8Germany10.069.75
9United Kingdom9.748.67
10Canada9.067.86
11Japan7.617.13
12United States7.316.63
13South Korea6.716.62
14Slovenia5.516.78
15Spain5.075.57
16Malta4.96.01
17Portugal3.974.73
18Greece3.864.48
19Estonia3.384.46
20Poland3.246.01
21Czech Republic3.164.72
22Slovakia3.144.64
23Croatia3.034.56
24Hungary2.924.89
25Latvia2.894.11
26Argentina2.884.73
27Turkey2.875.89
28Romania2.845.61
29Lithuania2.794.41
30Macedonia1.833.95
31Serbia1.83.58
32Bulgaria1.793.73
33Brazil1.431.91
34Albania1.172.34
35Russia0.941.87
36Ukraine0.843.45
37Moldova0.771.88

Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj

Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj

CEO and editorial director at CEOWORLD Magazine
Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CEO and editorial director at CEOWORLD magazine, the leading global business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, top managers, company directors, investors, senior executives, business leaders, high net worth individuals, and the most globally powerful men and women.
Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj

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