Paris (AFP)

The minimum wage will increase automatically on October 1, due to inflation figures published Wednesday by INSEE, with an increase of nearly 35 euros gross per month, according to AFP calculations.

The last automatic increase in the minimum wage during the year due to inflation was 2.1% on December 1, 2011.

Currently at 1,554.58 euros gross per month, the minimum wage will be raised to around 1,589 euros, the gross hourly minimum wage to increase from 10.25 to 10.48 euros.

The consumer price index having increased by 2.2% compared to November 2020, the reference month for the last revaluation of the minimum wage, this increase is mechanical because the Labor Code (article L3231-5) provides that an increase of at least 2% must lead to a revaluation.

Such an increase during the year has been unprecedented since 2012, the minimum wage benefiting each year from a mechanical increase calculated according to two criteria: the inflation observed for the 20% of households with the lowest incomes and half of the gain in power. purchase of basic hourly wages for workers and employees (SHBOE).

The minimum wage was thus increased by 0.99% on January 1 to reach 1,554.58 euros gross per month, an increase of 15 euros.

This increase had brought the gross hourly amount to 10.25 euros.

Each year, some unions (such as the CGT which claims a minimum wage of 1,800 euros gross) ask the government to go beyond the automatic increase, but the last "boost" (0.6% coupled with 1, 4% for anticipated inflation) dates back to July 2012, the day after the election of Socialist President François Hollande.

The governments that followed refrained from any one-off increase, arguing that it would hurt the employment of the less skilled.

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