Living Wage Series - Mozambique - September 2020 - In MZN, per Month

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The Living Wage is based on the concept that work should provide an adequate income to cover the necessary living costs of a family. WageIndicator uses prices from the Cost of Living database that is the biggest data source for cost of living worldwide. The Living Wage is an approximate income needed to meet a family’s basic needs including food, housing, transport, health, education, mandatory deductions and other necessities.

The following table details the expenditure and income needs for the three commonly occurring family household compositions.

Expenditure and Living Wage calculation (monthly rates in MZN)

  Typical family Standard family Single-adult
  from-to from-to from-to
Family size 6.0 4 1
Food expenses 12300-17231 8200-11487 2050-2872
Housing expenses 8950-20100 8950-20100 4760-6730
Transport expenses 600-715 600-715 300-358
Healthcare expenses 750-1861 500-1241 125-310
Education expenses 692-1775 346-888 0
Drinking water expenses 142-784 95-523 24-131
Clothing expenses 26-1150 17-767 4-192
Phone tariff (60 minutes) 3690-3690 3690-3690 1845-1845
5% extra expenses 1358-2365 1120-1971 455-622
Total cost of living 28508-49671 23518-41382 9563-13060
Earners per family 1.8 1.8 1
Net Living Wage 15838-27595 13066-22990 9563-13060
Mandatory payroll deductions 3494-6875 2555-5550 1813-2554
Gross Living Wage 19300-34500 15600-28500 11400-15600

Note: For more details see Living Wage FAQ.


Living Wages in Context (monthly rates in MZN)

The statutory Minimum Wages are laid down in laws or government regulations and therefore constitutes both a worker's rights and an employer's obligation. By contrast Living Wages are not prescribed by law and can therefore not be legally enforced. Instead, Living Wages provide a benchmark for employers who voluntarily commit to pay wages according to the local living standards.
WageIndicator presents Living Wages jointly with Minimum Wages, aiming to raise awareness concerning the remaining differences in levels. Living Wages are presented in context with other wage indicators. Prevailing wages of workers in low-, medium-, and high-skilled occupations are obtained from the voluntary WageIndicator web survey on work and wages.

Minimum wage -
Living Wage - Single Adult 11400-15600
Living Wage - Typical Family 19300-34500
Real wage of low-skilled worker 6640-8550
Real wage of medium-skilled worker 9070-15900
Real wage of high-skilled worker 15500-28500

Note: Table shows the lowest monthly Minimum Wage in a country, when available. Figures in the table are rounded.


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