Client: Center for Development and Integration

Overview: Living wages are still a relatively new concept for the public and policy makers in Vietnam. Many state agencies, enterprises believe that living wage is a salary if employees only work during normal working time. However, living wage refers to the wage which employees receive for normal working and whether it could maintain a decent living standard for themselves and their family. The criteria of decent living standards include food, water, housing, education, health, transportation, clothing, and other essentials as well as estimated costs for unexpected events.

Currently in Vietnam, there are only regulations on minimum wage, not regulation about living wage. Generally, workers go to work during normal working hours and get paid. Therefore, this study will analyze the relationship between living wage and well-being. In addition, it also aims to analyze the correlations between business developments with the sustainable development goals (SDG) of the United Nations.

Main tasks:

  • Develop detailed methodology (desk review, statistics analysis of quantitative focus, with qualitative complement)
  • Develop qualitative tool
  • Analyze the quantitative indicators about living wage in Viet Nam
  • Conduct field work
  • Prepare the report



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