Decree 182/2012/ND-CP (“Decree 182”) was issued on 14 November to replace Decree 103/2012/ND-CP dated 4 December 2012 (“Decree 103”). Under Decree 182, minimum salaries will be increased as follows:- Region I: VND 2,700,000 (increased from VND 2,350,000)

– Region II: VND 2,400,000 (increased from VND 2,100,000)

– Region III: VND 2,100,000 (increased from VND 1,800,000)

– Region IV: VND 1,900,000 (increased from VND 1,650,000)

The regions are defined in the Appendix to the decree. Except for moving Chau Doc town out of Region III, the regions in Decree 182 are the same as those in Decree 103. Region I includes urban districts and certain suburban districts of Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Hai Phong as well as Bien Hoa, Thu Dau Mot and Vung Tau cities.

Decree 182 repeats that the salary paid to employees who have passed vocational training must be at least 7% higher than the minimum.

These new minimum salaries are applicable from 1 January 2014.

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