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Currently (September 2022) Portugal’s minimum wage is just under €830 per month. At the minute this works out to around £720 at the current exchange rate. It’s currently the sixth highest minimum wage in the European Union (EU). This figure reflects the Portuguese government’s commitment to provide workers with sufficient compensation to live above the poverty line. Portugal’s authorities are very keen on everyone being able to fully participate in their country’s economy.


How much will I get paid

If you are 18 years old or older, you are entitled to the Portuguese minimum wage. As of 2022 this is just under €830 per month. Your wage will also depend on your age and how many hours you work each week.

Full-time workers must be paid for a minimum of 40 hours a week. However, if you’re an apprentice worker and under the age of 25 years old, your salary needs to be paid for at least 30 hours a week. If your salary is below the minimum wage in Portugal, it is mandatory that employers give you overtime pay. This may be during weekends or holidays when they require their employees work more than eight hours on that day.


Does my employer have to pay me more than the minimum wage

The national minimum wage in Portugal is a specific hourly amount. In Portugal, all full-time workers are entitled to the Portuguese minimum wage, regardless of age. Those who are under 18 years old and younger than age 16 may receive up to 75% of Portugal’s minimum wage. But if they work more than 5 hours per day or 25% if they work more than 10 hours per day. The minimum wage applies both to employees as well as self-employed individuals in this country.

However, generally people who receive pay that is above minimum wage, are people such as directors and managers who have additional responsibilities. This may be something worth contacting your manager about as there may be training you can do that may increase your wage such as; first aid, fire safety or food hygiene.


Are there exceptions?

At the time of writing, the national minimum wage in Portugal is just under €830 per month. While this figure might seem like a lot of money, bear in mind that the cost of living can be higher in some areas of Portugal than others. The Portuguese minimum wage is updated annually and calculated based on what it costs to live in different regions. This helps ensure that people are entitled to an equal standard of living wherever they work. All full-time workers over 18 years old are entitled to this monthly sum which works out at about €11-€12 per hour, but many low-skilled jobs only offer a part-time salary below the minimum level.


What if I’m self-employed?

Self-employed workers are not required to be paid the Portuguese minimum wage. In Portugal, they can make a set income in any fashion they choose. Considering it is agreed upon between themselves and their employer or clients.

Self-employed people in Portugal can also benefit from many non-taxation privileges. These are things like having access to free health care and saving up to €4000 per year in retirement pensions. Self Workers don’t pay social security taxes that their employees do, which would otherwise cost them 20% of what they earn.


Finding a Law Specialist

If you need legal advice or assistance, be sure to contact the experts at RHJ Law. We’re able to guide you through what you need to know before moving to Portugal.

Our legal team at RHJ Law assists non-EEA nationals to obtain residency in Portugal. Our English speaking team of lawyers, accountants and more specialise in helping entrepreneurs and families to set up, manage and grow their life in Europe.

Working with our trusted partners; we can advise you on where to settle and how to go about purchasing property in Portugal.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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