Minimum Wage – West Bengal

  • Valid in January 2023

Scheduled Employment


Zone A comprises of (i) Areas Notified under Kolkata Metropolitan Development, Authority(KMDA), (ii) Asansol Municipal Corporation, (iii) Durgapur Municipal Corporation, (iv) Siliguri Municipal Corporation, (v) Digha-Shankarpur Development Authority, (vi) Thermal Power plant areas including Township areas, (vii) All the Municipal areas in different Districts, (viii) All the Sub-Divisions in the districts of Howrah, Hoogly, Burdwan and 24- Parganas (N)[excluding Barasat and Basirhat],(ix) Alipur Sub-Division and Baruipur Sub-Division in the district of 24-Parganas(S), (x) MidnaporeSadar Sub-Division and Kharagpur Sub-Division in the district of West Midnapore, (xi) Siliguri sub-division in the district of Darjeeling, (xii)Bankura SubDivision and Bishnupur Sub-division in the district of Bankura, and (xiii) Raghunathpur Sub-Division in the district of Purulia;
Zone B comprises the rest of West Bengal.

Definition of Unskilled, Semi-skilled, Skilled & Highly Skilled Workers.
(i) Unskilled:
An unskilled employee is one who does operations that involve the performance of simple duties, which require the experience of little of no independent judgment or previous experience although familiarity with the occupational environment is necessary. His work may thus require in addition to physical exertion familiarity with variety of articles or goods.
(ii) Semi-skilled:
A semiskilled worker is one who does work generally of defined routine nature wherein the major requirement is not so much of the judgment, skill and but for proper discharge of duties assigned to him or relatively narrow job and where important decisions made by others. His work is thus limited to the performance of routine operations of limited scope.
(iii) Skilled:
A skilled employee is one who is capable of working efficiently of exercising considerable independent judgement and of discharging his duties with responsibility. He must posses a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of the trade, craft or industry in which he is employed.
(iv) Highly Skilled:
A highly skilled worker is one who is capable of working efficiently and supervises efficiently the work of skilled employees.

Wages per month are calculated as 4.33 times if a weekly wage is defined. It is calculated as 4.33 times the standard hours per week if an hourly wage is given.


Kolkata High Court in W.P. No.731 of 2012 & GA 221 of 2013 has passed an interim order of restraint on giving effect to Notification No.106-MW/2W-21/2010 dt 04.04.2012 revising Minimum Wages in Iron Foundry

Rates are Governed by Agreements

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