The draft decree, open for feedback, specifies that the monthly minimum wage for the targeted group will be increased from VND1.15 million (nearly US$51.9) to VND1.21 million (nearly US$52.3).
The ministry said those targeted have encountered an array of difficulties with the existing minimum wage, and the new level will help improve their living standards.
The increase was decided in a resolution on the 2016 State budget estimates issued by the National Assembly on November 11, 2015.
|A woman (L) waits to receive pension, social insurance benefits (Photo: VNA)
The resolution tasked the Government with increasing the minimum wage for State employees and the armed forces by 5% to VND1.21 million per month.
Regional minimum wages also went up by an average of 12.4% on January 1 this year, ranging from VND2.4 million (US$105.6) to VND3.5 million (US$155.6) per month in the four different regions.
This applied to workers in businesses, cooperatives, farms, households, individuals and organisations that employ workers under labour contracts.