Minimum Wage in Niger - Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a separate legislation relating to minimum wages in Niger?

Yes, on 17th August 2012 the government adopted a bill to set the new level of SMIG (Guaranteed Interprofessional Minimum Wage) at 30 047 francs CFA (about 60 dollars) per month. Before, Smig was 27 000 francs CFA per month.

This document followed up the draft treaty of 7th February 2012 between the government and the ITN (interunion organisation of workers).

Do one or more minimum wages exist that is/are determined by law?

In practice, there is only one minimum wage in Niger.

At which level are minimum wages determined?

Guaranteed interprofessional minimum wage is set by decree after consulting the National advisory commission of Labour. If a sector-based cba is missing or doesn't set minimum wages, then sector-based minimum wages can be also set by decree, as well as pay for overtime / night work / work on public holiday and possibly seniority and regular attendance allowances (Art. 153 of labour code). In practice, there is only one minimum wage in Niger. On 17th August 2012 the government set the Smig at 30 047 francs CFA per month.

On what basis is minimum wage calculated: hourly, weekly, monthly or yearly?

On 17th August 2012 the government adopted a bill to set the new level of SMIG (Guaranteed Interprofessional Minimum Wage), which is calculated as monthly.

Are governmental bodies, employer and/or trade union representatives involved in minimum wages setting?

Yes, the Ministry of Labour, the Advisory commission of labour and the ITN (interunion organisation of workers) are involved in minimum wages setting.

How are upratings (adjustments) of minimum wage (s) decided upon?

As stated in article 153 of Labour Code, interprofessional guaranteed minimum wages must be set by a decree signed by the Minister of Labour, after consulting the Advisory commission of labour.

Which are the components of minimum wage in Niger?

In Niger minimum wage is composed by one fixed element.

How frequently is the fixed component of minimum wage updated?

There are no regular intervals for the update of minimum wage.

What is/are the yardstick/s on which minimum wage upratings are based?

Law doesn't say anything about this.

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How is minimum wages compliance regulated?

Minimum wage compliance is regulated by the Advisory commission of Labour.

Which legal sanctions can be applied if compliance is lacking?

Violation of the decrees set by articles 14, 93, 94, 98, 153 and 238 are punishable with fines from 10 000 to 50 000 francs CFA and, in case of repeated offence, with fines from 50 000 to 100 000 francs CFA and imprisonment from 6 to 10 days, or with one of the two punishments only. (Art. 331 of Labour code).

Are sanctions often applied?

No information available.

Are employer and/or trade union representatives involved in compliance procedures?

No, employer and trade union representatives are not involved in compliance procedures regarding minimum wages.

To whom/Where can individuals complain, if they think they are earning less than minimum wage?

Monitoring and application of labour law are provided by labour inspectors and labour supervisors. (Art. 267 of Labour code).