Minimum Wage – Non Agricultural Sector

  • Valid on january 2020

Working hours

  • Days per week specified: 6.0
  • Hours per week specified: 40
  • Gross minimum wage is calculated on a basis of 40 working hours per week or 173,33 working hours per month for non agricultural sector, and for 200 working hours per month for agricultural sector.


Grades and Professional Qualification for Madagascar Minimum Wages

The Decree N° 690-IGT dated 23 March 1954, amended by Decree N°1100-IGT dated 16 May, 1956 spells out the professional category of workers in the mechanical tannery, upholstery, leather and shoe-making and repairing industries:
Professional qualification
I Tanneries
Ordinary worker: performing elementary work that requires no training such as sweeping, guarding, various handling activities and particularly:
a. River work: soaking, salting and handling of hides. de-haring ,scrapping de-liming;
b. “Bassin” operations: placing hides under bamboos, dipping hides in successive basins ;
c. Extraction : handling of mimosa, quebracho, chestnut, and other tanning extracts ;
d. Pressing : pressing the hides and removal of hides after pressing ;
e. Handling of dry leather for future operations or shipment;
f. Fuller’s tanning : preparation of the bath, immersion and withdrawal of the hides;
g. Manual pigmentation (brush or fluff, etc.).
Semi-skilled worker : performing elementary work and especially :
Vegetable re-tanningand coating of hides in tan-pits, setting out involving giving the hide a flat and even surface with the help of a stretcher or special machine ;
Manual removal of hair ;
Finishing operations : staking, polishing, decoration, rolling, glazing and smoothing ; Pistol pigmentation…
Helpers performing the following tasks:de-fleshing, shaving, manual or machine splitting of the leather.
Ordinary worker above O.S.-1:who can supervise work requiring professional knowledge acquired through a minimum of one and a half years practice in in category O.S.-1. Commander capable of carrying out all routine works of his/her profession and supervise the work of 10 M-1 or M-2 or apprentices…
Exceptionally qualified
Highly qualified specialist whose conditions of employment are to be spelt out in each particular case based on technical certificates, references, knowledge acquired in the leather industry.
II. – Upholsteries, Mechanical Shoe-Making and Repairing
Ordinary worker : carrying out elementary work that requires no training such as : sweeping, guarding, various handling activities and particularly :
1° Concerning shoe-making / repairing :
Numbering of initial soles, parts of the boot leg, the upper, quarters, linings ;
Assembling of heels, welts, half soles, gluing of welts, hard toe puffs,heel liftings, stiffeners, uppers, quarters, tonguesand trimmings ;
marking of uppers, quarters, tongues and trimmings;
Punching of loop eyes, straps and eyelets;
Fixing of slots and eyelets by hand machine and shanks and filling;
Lacing of monk shoes with hemp string ;
Burning off of strings and fabrics protruding from the quarters and uppers;
Display of lasting board, pruning and polishing ;
Colouring of the surfaces and soles.
2° Concerning the upholsteries :
Same elementary works relating to the profession…
Specialised worker :responsible for elementary work and especially :
1° Concerning shoe-making / repairing :
Glassing of heels and soles ;
Fixing of heels;
Levelling of hard ends, stiffeners, lasting board, insoles, soles, half-sole, quarters, upper, trimmings of the uppers ;
Cutting of accessories of the eyelets, vacuna, eyelets tabs, loop eyes;
Filling of quarters, toe puffs, uppers and trimmings ;
pruning linings, quarters, tongues ;
Doubling of trimmings ;
Assembling of quarters and all bias stiches;
Scrapping, assembly, heeling ;
2° Concerning upholsteries :beginners assisting helpers in the preparation of their work
Helper :performing the following tasks :
1° Concerning shoe making/repairs :
Cutting of initial in-soles and welts ;
Skiving of half-shoe, counters, toe puffs and welts, uppers, linings and trimmings ;
Cutting of lining fabrics, uppers and lining quarters;
Stitching of trimmings, uppers, moccasins, tongues, edges of quarters and trimmings;
Fixing of soles ;
Padding of soles;
Fastening of soles and welts;
manual and machine fixing of heels.
2° Concerning upholsteries:helper responsible for supervising menial upholstery and leather craft jobs…
Worker :performing the following tasks :
1° Concerning shoe-making / repairs:
Stitching and cutting of soles , heels, welts, lasting boards, midsoles ;
Cutters, machine minders, form setting, mounting of sides, heel seat, manual assembly of toe puffs, bluchers ;
Sewing of soles, welts with small pointed or black half-soles ;
Checking of the number and qualities of parts cut, fixed, assembled, glassed, levelled, numbered, pasted, the quality of all the ancillary works on the upper, the number and quality of finished uppers.
2° Concerning upholsteries :confirmed worker, assemblers, stitcher, cutters, upholsterers, etc…
Exceptionally qualified
Highly qualified specialist whose conditions of employment are to be defined in each particular case based on the technical certificates, references, knowledge acquired in shoe-making/repairs, upholstery and leather craft.

Sector-based minimum wages are revised periodically according to the Country balance sheet, the economic situation and consumer price index (art. 55 of the labour code).


Decree n° 2017-143 dated 14 March, 2017

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