A communiqué from Eurofound Social Intervention Study Centre (CESI), said Portugal was at the bottom of the “average category” that includes euro area countries with average performance in terms of minimum wage rises in real terms (at 2015 prices) between 2010 and 2019".

In 2019, these countries – Portugal, Malta, Spain, Greece and Slovenia – increased their minimum wages to between €700 and €1,050 (when converted into 12 annual payments).

Eurofound and CESI said that Spain and Greece had very significant increases in 2019 of 22% and 11% respectively, while Portugal only had 3.5%, putting it in the sub-group with the lowest increases.

The national minimum wage in Portugal went up to €600 a month in January this year, but the European Union (EU) considers the amount to be €700 as it divides the 14 payments (with Christmas and holiday bonuses) by 12 months.

The study also shows that the minimum monthly wage per hour in Portugal (€3.94) is lower than in Greece (€4.27) and Spain (€6.09).