The Minimum wages in West Bengal state has been revised with effect from 1.07.2018. The amended rates for all the categories are as below:-
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WB Minimum Wages Rates for Shops and Establishment
W.E.F 01/01/2018 to 30/06/2018
W.E.F 01/07/2018 to 31/12/2018
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Government of West Bengal
Office of the Labour Commissioner
6, Church Lane, 4th floor, Kolkata – 700 001.
No. 170 /703/Stat/2RW/29/2016/LCS/JLC Dated: 22.06.2018
The Government of West Bengal in the Labour Department has fixed minimum rates of wages in the
employment of Establishment as defined under the Shops & Establishments, Act, 1963 in the State of
West Bengal as per notification number Labr/650/(Law)/MW/2W-32/13 Dated 29.12.2016, as published
in the Kolkata Gazette Extraordinary dt. 30.12.2016.
(a) Now, with reference to the said notification, the following shall be the minimum rates of wages in
the said employment for the period from 1st July, 2018 to 31st December, 2018.
Categories of Employees Monthly Minimum Rates of Wages
Zone A Zone B
Unskilled Rs.7775.00 Rs.7202.00
Semi-Skilled Rs.8554.00 Rs.7920.00
Skilled Rs.9409.00 Rs.8713.00
Highly Skilled Rs.10349.00 Rs.9586.00
(b) Implementing areas: Zone ‘A’=(i) Areas under Municipal Corporations, Municipalities, notified
Areas/ Authorities, Development Authorities, Thermal Power Plants Areas including Industrial
Zone ‘B’=Rest of the West Bengal.
(c ) The classification of employees in the above employment is as follows:-
Unskilled: Peon, Cleaner, Sweeper, Security Guard, Bearer, Messenger;
Semi-skilled: Duftry, Assistant Accountant,
Skilled: Clerk, Typist, Office Assistant, Office Maintenance and Inventory Management
Staff, Data Entry Operator, Accountant;
Highly Skilled: Head Assistant, Senior Accountant, Computer Operator, Research And
Development Staff/Executive, Market Research Staff/Executive, Godown-in-
Charge, Office Supervisor, Sales Representative/Sales Promotion Employees.
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(d) To arrive at daily rates, monthly rates shall have to be divided by 26 and to be rounded off to the
nearest rupee and to arrive at weekly rates, daily rates shall have to be multiplied by 6.
(e ) A normal working day shall consist of eight and half hours of work including interval for halfan-
hour for rest.
(f) One day in any period of seven days as may suit the local convenience shall be the day of weekly
(g) The minimum rates of wages include the wages for weekly day of rest. Payment for work
done on the day of weekly rest and for work done beyond the normal working hours shall be
double the ordinary rate of wages.
(h) Where the existing rates of wages of any employee based on contract or agreement or otherwise are
higher than the rates notified herein, the higher rates shall be protected and treated as minimum
rates of wages applicable for the purpose of this notification to such employees.
(i) The minimum rates of wages are applicable to employees employed by contractors also.
(j) The minimum rates of wages for disabled persons shall be same as payable to the workers of
(k) The men and women employees shall get the same rates of wages for same work or work of similar
(l) The minimum rates of wages and Variable Dearness Allowance, if any, both together shall
constitute the minimum rates of wages to be enforceable under the Minimum Wages Act, 1948 (11
Government website link: https://wblc.gov.in/min-wages-act
Official Direct link: https://wblc.gov.in/sites/default/files/synopsys/01-07-2018/any-establishment-in-which-manufacturing-activity-as-defined-under-section-2k-of-the-factories-act-is-carried-out-and-is-not-covered-under-any-of-the-other-scheduled-employments.pdf