35 euros more! When and why?

SMIC 2022: 35 euros more!  When and why?

SMIC 2022. The Ministry of Labor announced a further increase in the minimum growth wage this year. Why ? When ? We tell you everything.

[Mis à jour le 13 avril 2022 à 10h41] The steady rise in the level of inflation has prompted the Ministry of Labor to act. Indeed, for the second time since the beginning of this year 2022, the amount of the minimum growth wage (SMIC) will increase. A hike that should be around 2.4% to 2.6%, which should offset the harmful effects of the rise in consumer prices (+ 4.5% in March year on year). This revaluation could allow employees paid the minimum wage to pocket an extra 30 to 35 euros net each month. Note that the Labor Code provides in its texts for an increase of this level when the level of inflation exceeds 2%. With this second increase in less than four months, the monthly net minimum wage would then rise from 1,269 to 1304 euros. Please note that the exact revaluation will only be known on April 15 subsequently, on the occasion of the official publication by INSEE of the estimate of the price increase. Recall that the Smic had already been revalued on 1 January, an automatic increase of 0.9%.

In 2020, the SMIC underwent an unprecedented 2.2% revaluation to offset the more than 2% price increase between November 2020 and August 2021. It was the first time since 2011 that an automatic rise has taken place at outside of January 1st. Please note that if an employer pays an employee below the legal amount of the minimum wage, the latter is liable to a financial penalty. 1500 euros. He might even be sentenced to pay damages and interests to the employee. In 2022, the second impulse of the year is destined for a category of the French population that is all the more subject to subsequent increases in price per barrel of oil and then of fuelfrom gas or food products. the food control it could even make its big comeback in 2022.

After recording a 0.9% increase in early 2022, the minimum wage has now increased to 1 603.12 euros gross per month, compared to 1,589.47 euro gross per month last year. In 2020, the SMIC underwent an unprecedented 2.2% revaluation to offset the more than 2% price increase between November 2020 and August 2021. It was the first time since 2011 that an automatic rise has taken place at outside of January 1st. Please note that if an employer pays an employee below the legal amount of the minimum wage, the latter is liable to a financial penalty. 1500 euros. It can also be sentenced to pay damages to the employee.

The Smic will experience a second revaluation in 2022, from 1 May. In fact, to take into account the increase in inflation (+ 4.5% in March over one year), the minimum growth wage will be raised from 2.4% to 2.6%, or a net increase of 30 to 35 euro per month. In other words, the net minimum wage will drop from € 1,269 net to € 1,299 net on May 1, 2022.

Each year, the minimum wage amount is revalued. Il reaches 1,603 euros gross per month on the basis of 35 hours per week. This increase is the result of both the evolution of inflation and the increase in the wages of workers and employees. As an indication, here is the evolution of the minimum wage amount since 2010:

Evolution of the minimum wage since 2010
Year Amount of minimum hourly wage (gross) Minimum monthly salary amount (gross)
January 2010 8.86 euros 1 343.77 euros
January 2011 9 euros 1 365 euros
December 2011 € 9.19 € 1 393.82
January 2012 9.22 euros € 1 398.37
July 2012 € 9.40 1 425.67 euros
January 2013 € 9.43 1 430.22 euros
January 2014 € 9.53 1 445.38 euros
January 2015 € 9.61 1 457.52 euros
January 2016 € 9.67 1 466.62 euros
January 2017 € 9.76 € 1 480.27
January 2018 9.88 euros € 1 498.47
January 2019 10.03 euros € 1 521.22
January 2020 10.15 euros 1 539.42 euros
January 2021 10.25 euros 1 554.58 euros
January 2022 10.57 euros 1603 euros

The amount of the monthly net minimum wage reached € 1,269, compared with € 1,231 previously. We recall below the evolution of the amount of the net minimum wage, in recent years, equal to:

Amount of the net minimum wage
Year Amount of the net monthly minimum wage
January 2016 1 143 euros
January 2017 1 149.07 euros
January 2018 € 1 174.93
January 2019 1 204 euros
January 2020 1 219 euros
January 2021 1 231 euros
January 2022 1 269.45 euros

“The amount of the minimum net salary received by the employee depends on the company concerned and on some contributions related to the sector of activity”, recalls the public service on its dedicated page.

The amount of the hourly (gross) Smic amounts to 10.57, against the previous 10.25 euros. Recall that the amount of the minimum hourly wage, in recent years, has been:

Amount of minimum hourly wage (gross)
Year Amount of minimum hourly wage (gross)
January 2016 € 9.67
January 2017 € 9.76
January 2018 9.88 euros
January 2019 10.03 euros
January 2020 10.15 euros
January 2021 10.25 euros
January 2022 10.57 euros

The amount of the hourly Smic is extremely variable. Keep in mind that the amount can vary from one paycheck to another, due to the amount of social security contributions deducted from the minimum gross hourly wage. In January 2022 the amount of Minimum net hourly wage it was approx 8.37 euros. For example, it was weakest between January and September 2021, measured at € 8.11.

The minimum growth wage corresponds to the legal minimum hourly wage that the employee must receive. In some cases, however, deductions are applicable (apprentices and employees under 18). the hourly rate and of 10.57 euros from January 2022 it is the amount paid for one hour of work. Unlike the monthly Smic, which is modeled on the basis of 35 hours per week.

The amount of the annual Smic is obtained by multiplying the amount of the monthly Smic (above) by the number of months of the year, that is 12. Note that if you take advantage of a 13th monthly salary paid to your employer, this is not part of the calculation of the minimum annual wage. With reference to the new amount of SMIC 2022, the annual net SMIC amounts to 15 233.40 euros (1269.45×12). For its part, the gross annual minimum wage rises to 19 236 euros (1603 x 12).

The Smic in France is 10.57 euros gross per hour for a working time of 35 hours. Not all member states of the European Union have one, but for those that do, the differences are quite significant. According to Eurostat data, the lowest SMIC in Europe is the SMIC in Bulgaria (332 euros per month). The highest minimum wage in Europe is in Luxembourg (€ 2,257).

For some member countries such as Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Italy and Sweden, a minimum wage per branch applies. The minimum wage can also, for these countries, be determined by negotiations between the social partners.

The case of Switzerland is a bit special because only 5 cantons have a minimum wage. Geneva, Neuchâtel, Jura, Ticino and Basel-Stadt. It is not the same between the different cantons.

  • Geneva : 3 870 euros
  • Neuchâtel : 3 370 euros
  • He swears : 3 370 euros
  • Ticino : 2 960 euros

Apart from that of the cantons, there is no national minimum wage in Switzerland for several reasons. The first is that Switzerland is a federal state and each canton remains sovereign. Keep in mind that the Swiss SMIC remains, on average, 60% more than the SMIC in France.

Since January 1, 2018, there is a minimum statutory wage in Germany. A minimum wage redefined every two years, from now on, is achieved 9.82 euros hour from January 1, 2022. An upcoming revaluation is expected to take place on July 1, 2022 and should lead to German minimum wage at the height of 10.45 euros gross of the hour.

In France, the Smic was revalued on January 1, 2022 to take into account the price changes between August and November 2021. Employees were entitled to a minimum increase of 0.9% at the beginning of the year. The minimum net monthly wage therefore fell from 1,231 euros in 2021 to € 1,269.45 in 2022. The minimum gross monthly wage increased from 1,554.58 euros to 1,603 euros on January 1, 2022.

The Smic is re-evaluated every year on 1is January. It is indexed to inflation measured for the 20% of households with the lowest incomes. The revaluation of the Smic is carried out on the basis of half of the increase in purchasing power of the average hourly wages of workers and employees.

Employees who carry out a professional activity in the hotel and restaurant sector have a minimum wage different from the Smic law, called minimum salary. At first glance, the hotel’s minimum wage seems more advantageous than the legal minimum wage, but it’s worth taking a closer look. In fact, the minimum wage of the hotel is calculated 39 hours per week, and no later than 35 hours. Another significant difference, when an employee receives the hotel’s minimum wage, he automatically benefits from a 10% increase in overtime performed between the 36th and 39th hours. This is why the hotel’s net monthly minimum wage amounts to 1430 euros. Beyond the classic minimum wage (€ 1,269.45) for the increase in overtime. The minimum gross monthly wage of the hotel is 1 804.65 euros.

The applicable collective agreement generally provides for a conventional minimum wage. If the agreed minimum is lower than the SMIC, the employer pays a wage supplement to reach the SMIC amount. If the conventional minimum is higher than the SMIC, the employer pays the amount provided for in the collective agreement.

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