Minimum Wage

As per the Indian Constitution, 'Minimum Wage' has been defined as the level of income for skilled and unskilled workers which ensures a sustaining standard of living while also providing for some measure of comfort. A minimum wage not just supports the bare level of employment, but also seeks for viable continuous improvement. It aims at preventing exploitation of labour.

Minimum Wages For States Across India

The states which impose minimum wages in India are listed below: (Click on the state name for more details)

Effective date:1st Oct, 2023

Fixation and Revision of Minimum Wages

Under the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, both Central and State governments have dominion over fixing the wages. The State governments fix their scheduled employments and further release the rates of Minimum Wage along with the VDA (Variable Dearness Allowance). Wage boards are set up to review and fix minimum wages at specified intervals. The wage rates in scheduled employments differ across states, sectors, skills, regions, and occupations owing to a lot of differentiating factors. Hence, there is no single uniform minimum wage rate across the country and the revision cycle differs for each state.

Scope and Applicability

Minimum Wages Act was enforced to ensure that employers did not exploit employees with insufficient wages. The Act applies to all establishments, factories, places of business and industry types. Unscheduled industries are generally excluded, though a state can add a minimum wage for an occupation or specify it for a sector during a revision cycle.

Consequences of Non-Compliance

Under-payment and non-payment of Minimum Wage are deemed an offence under the Central Act. The penalty may range from up to 5 years imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 10,000 (under Section 22 of the Act).P


Latest Minimum Wages for Shops and Establishment in Chandigarh

Important Note: The Chandigarh Minimum Wages Notification (October 2023)

Effective from Date: 1st Oct, 2023 Updated As On: 11th Mar, 2024
Class of Employment Sub-category Total Per Day Total Per Month
Unskilled Refer notification 525.00 13659.00
Semi Skilled II Refer notification 531.00 13809.00
Semi Skilled I Refer notification 535.00 13909.00
Skilled II Refer notification 543.00 14109.00
Skilled I Refer notification 551.00 14334.00
Highly Skilled Refer notification 567.00 14734.00
Class-III (Staff) Passed matriculate or equal exam 536.00 13934.00
Class-III (Staff) Clerk 536.00 13934.00
Class-III (Staff) Time keeper 536.00 13934.00
Class-III (Staff) Munshi 536.00 13934.00
Class-III (Staff) Store Assistant 536.00 13934.00
Class-III (Staff) Store Keeper 536.00 13934.00
Class-III (Staff) Accounts Assistant 536.00 13934.00
Class-III (Staff) Typist 536.00 13934.00
Class-III (Staff) Steno-Typist 536.00 13934.00
Class-III (Staff) Receptionist 536.00 13934.00
Class-III (Staff) Personal Assistant 536.00 13934.00
Class-III (Staff) Cashier 536.00 13934.00
Class-III (Staff) Draftsman 536.00 13934.00
Class-III (Staff) Telephone Operator 536.00 13934.00
Class-III (Staff) Computer Applicator 536.00 13934.00
Class-III (Staff) Counterman 536.00 13934.00
Class-III (Staff) Ticket Checker 536.00 13934.00
Class-III (Staff) Ticket Collector 536.00 13934.00
Class-III (Staff) Legal Assistant 536.00 13934.00
Class-III (Staff) Supplier 536.00 13934.00
Class-III (Staff) Nurse or Nursing Assistant 536.00 13934.00
Class-III (Staff) Compounder 536.00 13934.00
Class-III (Staff) Technologist 536.00 13934.00
Class-III (Staff) Radiologist 536.00 13934.00
Class-III (Staff) Person doing similar work 536.00 13934.00
Class-II (Staff) Graduate (except Technical) 542.00 14084.00
Class-II (Staff) Accountant 542.00 14084.00
Class-II (Staff) Stenographer 542.00 14084.00
Class-II (Staff) Work in charge 542.00 14084.00
Class-II (Staff) Office Supervisor 542.00 14084.00
Class-II (Staff) Salesman 542.00 14084.00
Class-II (Staff) Purchase Man 542.00 14084.00
Class-II (Staff) Store Incharge 542.00 14084.00
Class-II (Staff) Architect 542.00 14084.00
Class-II (Staff) Artisian 542.00 14084.00
Class-II (Staff) Person doing similar work 542.00 14084.00
Class-I (Staff) Assistant Manager 556.00 14444.00
Class-I (Staff) Foreman 556.00 14444.00
Class-I (Staff) Executive 556.00 14444.00
Class-I (Staff) Engineer officer 556.00 14444.00
Class-I (Staff) Office Supervisor 556.00 14444.00
Class-I (Staff) Medical Officer 556.00 14444.00
Class-I (Staff) Doctor 556.00 14444.00
Class-I (Staff) Dentist 556.00 14444.00
Class-I (Staff) Surgeon 556.00 14444.00
Class-I (Staff) Pharmacist 556.00 14444.00
Class-I (Staff) Vaid 556.00 14444.00
Class-I (Staff) Hakim 556.00 14444.00
Class-I (Staff) Homeopath 556.00 14444.00
Class-I (Staff) Person doing similar work 556.00 14444.00

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