On February 6, 2015, a fifteen percent (15%) increase in the monthly minimum wage, effective February 1, 2015, was published in the Venezuelan Official Gazette N° 40.597.

MINIMUN WAGE INCREASE

The new minimum wage has been set at 5,622.48 bolivars (VEF 5,622.48) per month, and 187.42 bolivars (VEF 187.42) per day.

I. Cash Payment

The minimum wage must be paid in cash. No other type of payment in kind can be counted as part of the salary.

II. Fixed Amount for Mixed Salary

The fixed amount for the mixed salary should not be less than the amount of the new minimum wage. For example, if an employee receives a fixed salary plus a variable salary or a fluctuating salary, must not be lower than VEF 5,622.48.

III. Minimum Amount for Pensions 

The new minimum wage established by presidential decree will also apply to pensions paid by the Venezuelan public administration and the Venezuelan Social Security Institute (IVSS).

IV. Part-time Work 

An equivalent fraction for time worked will be paid pursuant to Article 172 of the Venezuelan Labor Law (LOTTT).

V. Impact Over Social Contributions and Employee Benefits

The economic impact of the minimum wage increase on social contributions and employee benefits under the Venezuelan labor regime is as follows:

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VI. Sanctions

Payment of a salary lower than that established by the Decree, or payment after the weekly or bi-weekly pay schedule will result in a fine equivalent to 120 tax units (VEF. 15,240.00) up to 360 tax units (VEF 45,720.00).

View the Venezuelan Official Gazette here.