- Published: 28.10.2021.
Minimum wage to rise by 10.3% to €500 in 2022
Croatia's minimum wage for 2022 will be HRK 3,750 (€500), rising by 10.3%, and will thus be above 50% of the average net pay for the first time.
The government on Thursday adopted a regulation on the minimum wage after consultations with all social partners.
We have assessed that in the current circumstances, the minimum wage can be increased from HRK 3,400 to HRK 3,750, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said.
He went on to say that the net minimum wage of €500 would concern 51,000 workers who now receive the minimum take-home pay.
This is for the first time that the net minimum wage will be above 50% of the average monthly wage, as it will reach 52.7% of that wage.
In August, the average monthly take-home pay was HRK 7,118 (€949), when the median wage was HRK 6,014. (€802).
The new minimum wage will be 60% of the median wage.
All of this is a great step forward, Plenković said, recalling that five years ago the minimum wage was 38% of the average wage.
Over the last five years, the minimum wage has risen by HRK 1,254, or four times more than during the terms of the previous three governments, Plenković underscored.
The gross minimum wage in 2022 will be HRK 4,687.50, Labour Ministry State Secretary Dragan Jelić said.
He informed the government that the average gross salary had risen during the first seven months of 2021 as against the corresponding period of 2020.