We are in the top ten for minimum wages in the world


CNN reports:

Low wage workers in Australia have it better than most.

The country has the most generous national minimum wage in the developed world, according to a report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

The report ranked 27 countries that have laws setting a nationwide minimum rate of pay.

Australia’s minimum wage workers — aged 21 and over — make 15.96 Australian dollars per hour. After tax and other deductions, that’s equivalent to $9.54, once the difference in the cost of living is taken into account.

“They have a high minimum wage. And interestingly they have a low tax burden,” said Herwig Immervoll, the author of the OECD report. “[Australians] recognize that supporting low wage earners through the tax system is important.”

Other countries have set higher hourly rates but they also tax minimum wage workers more, leaving them with less in their pockets. ?

The U.S. ranked 11th on the list, with a federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. That leaves workers with take-home pay of $6.26 per hour.

However, the U.S. would move up the rankings if state minimum wage rules were factored into the equation. Roughly half of U.S. states have rules ensuring workers are paid more than the federal minimum, Immervoll said.

The OECD report shows that a single Australian minimum wage worker with two kids could work just six hours per week to lift themselves above the poverty line, because they would also receive state benefits.

In the U.S., the same worker would have to clock in 50 hours per week to escape poverty. In the Czech Republic, it would take 79 hours of work per week.min-wage-top10

So tax rates and thresholds matter a lot. Australia has higher nominal tax rates, but better thresholds meaning lower paid workers get to take home more than in New Zealand.

One thing the report does show though is that the left-wing are lying when they bleat on about wage disparity and inequality…we are in the top 10 in the world for wages compensation for the low paid.

Far from being a third world backwater we are in fact punching?well above our weight.