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Minimum wage for migratory and seasonal workers


Introduction of statutory minimum wages for migratory and seasonal workers to protect and provide social protection. These generally offer very limited employee protection.

The seasonal demand for labour in the agriculture, forestry and food sectors peaks at certain times of the year. Fruit and vegetable growers, for example, require a lot of labour for planting, harvesting and processing and this labour may not be available locally or in the region. Export-based coffee, tea, fruit, and vegetable producers need considerable support from seasonal and migratory workers at peak times. A minimum wage, possibly associated with the provision of social facilities and further training opportunities, cements the good relationship between employer and employee.


  • A properly functioning country-wide administration and monitoring system with access to the relevant information and sufficient technical and human capacities for its design, implementation and monitoring
  • Availability of external migratory and seasonal workers for temporary employment during peak periods
  • Clear responsibilities in public authorities
  • Minimum wages defined by law
  • Regular neutral inspections on farms and in agri-food enterprises
  • Sanction mechanisms

Possible Negative Effects

  • Reduction in international competitiveness
  • Farms can no longer afford to employ migratory and seasonal workers
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Implementation Level
  • Competent Authority
  • National Government
Required Budget
low ($)
Impact Horizon
  • medium
  • long
Administrative Complexity
Ministries Involved
  • Agriculture, Fisheries & Forests
  • Trade, Industry & Economic Development
  • Labour & Social Affairs
  • Justice
Trade Impact
not distorting
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