Growth Rate of Minimum Wages in the Apparel Industry (Haryana, India 2011-2014)

Garment and Textile Industry is labour-intensive. The latest increase in minimum wages in Haryana, India hits the garment manufacturing business. As the garment industry is facing big challenges with 60% increment of average minimum wages from last minimum wages (January 1, 2014, to June 30 2014). Read on to know the growth trend of minimum wages.

Haryana Government has fixed minimum wages for Unskilled, Semi-skilled, Skilled and Highly-skilled employees. The increase in minimum wages this time is very high compared to the last 5 increments.

Gurgaon, Faridabad and Manesar are three major industrial clusters in Haryana state for the ready-made garment industry. Where most of the export garment manufacturers are located other than Delhi, Noida and Greater Noida in Northern part of India.

Minimum wages of employees for different skill level are as following for the period of July 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.

Unskilled: Rs. 8,100 per month or Rs 311.53 per day
Semi-skilled: Rs 9,000 per month or Rs 346.15 per day
Skilled: Rs 9,900 per month or Rs 380.76 per day
Highly-skilled: Rs 11,000 per month or Rs 423.07 per day

Trend of Increase of Minimum Wages 

The trend of minimum wages increase is shown in the following chart from July 2011 to July 2014.

Minimum wages study of Haryana India
Trend of Minimum Wage  increase

(Note: Before July 1 2014, Employees were categories as unskilled, semi-skilled -A, Semi-skilled -B, skilled-A, Skilled-B and Highly-skilled, In the above chart, semi-skilled-B and skilled-B employees' salary are taken under caption of semi-skilled and skilled employees)

Growth Rate of Minimum Wages  are shown in percentage in the following table. In the previous years half-yearly growth rate was between 2.31% to 4.06% and This time the increment is 60.89%

Minimum Wages chart and growth rate
Half-yearly growth of minimum wages

Average daily wages are calculated from daily wages of 4 skill categories.

Data Source: and

Prasanta Sarkar

Prasanta Sarkar is a textile engineer and a postgraduate in fashion technology from NIFT, New Delhi, India. He has authored 6 books in the field of garment manufacturing technology, garment business setup, and industrial engineering. He loves writing how-to guide articles in the fashion industry niche. He has been working in the apparel manufacturing industry since 2006. He has visited garment factories in many countries and implemented process improvement projects in numerous garment units in different continents including Asia, Europe, and South Africa. He is the founder and editor of the Online Clothing Study Blog.

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