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From next month and due to the 2.2% rise in inflation, the minimum wage (or minimum wage) will be revalued by 34.20 gross per month.

The consumer price index having increased by 2.2% compared to November 2020, it’s mechanical: the minimum wage will increase automatically on October 1. Indeed, among the criteria for reassessing the minimum wage, appears in the Labor Code (article L3231-5) that in the event of an increase in inflation of at least 2%, a revaluation of the minimum wage must be applied in the same proportions.

For ten years, this criterion had never been met. Indeed, the last automatic increase of the minimum wage during the year following an inflation of more than 2 points dates back to December 1, 2011. Consequence: the minimum wage (or minimum wage) will be revalued by approximately 34.20 euros gross per month from October 1, 2021. It should therefore now be around 1,589 euros gross monthly, against 1,554.58 euros so far.

Beneficiaries of the minimum wage: a women’s affair

This revaluation of the minimum wage is particularly important for women because it is they who, in the great majority, are beneficiaries. While 95% of employees paid at minimum wage are workers or employees, nearly two-thirds are women. Indeed, according to a Ministry of Labor investigation, more than half (57% to be precise) of minimum wage earners are employees who occupy professions such as cashiers, salespeople, etc. Jobs still predominantly female and which often imply part-time work. In fine, among the beneficiaries of the minimum wage, 62.4% are women while 37.6% are men.

In addition, the survey highlights another disparity: in total, if 12.7% of women are paid the minimum wage against 5.5% of men. women are more often qualified than men. “The probability for women to be paid on the basis of the minimum wage is 1.7 times greater than that of men “, underlined the Ministry of Labor in 2016. Another telling figure: 27% of women occupy unskilled positions against 16% of men …

Overrepresented youth

Age is another discriminating factor when it comes to low wages. Thus, young people under 25 – women or men – represent 6% of employees but 19% of those paid at minimum wage. Beyond 30 years, only 7% of the working population is paid the minimum wage.

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