Thailand’s Central Wage Committee has agreed to raise the country's daily minimum wage by THB8-17 (US$0.27 to US$0.57) from 1 January.

The increase lifts the average minimum wage by nearly 7% to THB176.3 – but still falls below the THB228 living wage calculated by the Labour Ministry. Even the Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva had suggested that the minimum wage should be increased to a flat rate of THB250.

Wages vary around the country, but will rise to THB221 (up THB17) in Phuket, and increase to THB215 (up THB9) in Bangkok and nearby provinces.