Minimum Wage in Uganda - Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a separate legislation relating to minimum wages in Uganda?

Minimum wages Advisory Boards and Wages Councils Act, 1964 was enacted and has not been repealed.

Do one or more minimum wages exist that is/are determined by law?

Only one Minimum wage of 6000 Ugandan Shillings exist at national level. The rate has not been revised since 1984. However, minimum wage of 6,000 Ugandan shillings no longer makes economic sense as the value of Ugandan shillings has been declining through government policy and inflation.

On what basis is minimum wage calculated?

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In case of weekly/monthly minimum age, are they based on any fixed number of hours?

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Are governmental bodies, employer and/or trade union representatives involved in minimum wages setting?

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How are upratings (adjustments) of minimum wage/s decided upon?

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Which are the components of minimum wage in Uganda?

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How frequently is the fixed component of minimum wage updated?

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What is/are the yardstick/s on which minimum wage upratings are based?

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What is National Poverty line?

Click here to know the national poverty line in context with Minimum Wage, living wages and actual wages. Select the currency (Euro or national currency) to know national poverty line.

What is the incidence of minimum wages(s) in the national labour force (wage earners only)?

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How is minimum wages compliance regulated?

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Which legal sanctions can be applied in compliance is lacking?

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Are sanctions often being applied?

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Are employer and/or trade union representatives involved in compliance procedures?

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To whom/Where can individuals complain, if they think they are earning less than minimum wage?

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Which month of the year is minimum wage rate revised in Uganda?

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