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A look at minimum wage in India and around the world

Last updated on: February 18, 2013 07:00 IST

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While most of us don't have to worry about minimum wage, there are many for whom minimum wage is crucial. In India, the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, provides for fixation and enforcement of minimum wages in respect of scheduled employments.

Although the National Floor Level of Minimum Wage has fixed the amount, respective state governments have been empowered to independently fix minimum wages, which means disparities between wages in neighbouring states are common.

Let's take a look at minimum wage in India and around the world.

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India

Minimum wage: Rs 115 ($2.13)

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Australia

Minimum wage: $15.75

Global rank: 1

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Luxembourg

Minimum wage: $14.21

Global rank: 2

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France

Minimum wage: $12.55

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Ireland

Minimum wage: $12.03

Global rank: 4

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Belgium

Minimum wage: $11.92

Global rank: 5

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The Netherlands

Minimum wage: $11.38

Global rank: 6

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New Zealand

Minimum wage: $10.22

Global rank: 7

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Canada

Minimum wage: $9.76

Global rank: 8

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The United Kingdom

Minimum wage: $9.57

Global rank: 9

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Japan

Minimum wage: $9.16

Global rank: 10

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The United States

Minimum wage: $9.00

Global rank: 11

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Israel

Minimum wage: $6.40

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Slovenia

Minimum wage: $5.97

Global rank: 13

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Greece

Minimum wage: $5.79

Global rank: 14

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Spain

Minimum wage: $5.13

Global rank: 15

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South Korea

Minimum wage: $3.90

Global rank: 16

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Portugal

Minimum wage: $3.88

Global rank: 17

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Turkey

Minimum wage: $2.81

Global rank: 18

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The Czech Republic

Minimum wage: $2.72

Global rank: 19

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Poland

Minimum wage: $2.69

Global rank: 20

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Slovakia

Minimum wage: $2.53

Global rank: 21

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Hungary

Minimum wage: $2.24

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Estonia

Minimum wage: $2.22

Global rank: 23

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Minimum wage: $0.58

Global rank: 24

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