BizVibe Textile and Apparel News: Overview of the Textile Minimum Wage in Asia

Key figures for minimum wages in Asia's textile industry. (Graphic: Business Wire)

LONDON--()--Asian countries have been some of the largest textile and apparel suppliers in the global market over the last 30 years, due to their low production costs and especially low labour costs. But with the dynamics of textile and apparel manufacturing changing globally, minimum wages in textile and apparel industries across countries in Asia are changing dramatically. Details about increasing minimum wages for textile workers in several major Asian countries are some of this week’s featured stories on BizVibe. BizVibe is the world’s smartest B2B marketplace and allows users to connect with over seven million companies around the globe.

Textile minimum wages increased in 2016

Minimum wages in the Asian textile and apparel industry vary from country to country, but this chart shows almost all minimum wages were increased from 2015 to 2016. India and Malaysia had the biggest increase in their textile minimum wages, while Bangladesh and Philippine might remained the same from 2015 to 2016.

Minimum wage increases across Asia’s textile and apparel is a step in the right direction to improving workers’ living standards, but it may also drive investors away when they sourcing the textile and apparel products.

Connect with nearly 35,000 textiles companies listed on BizVibe

Increases for both exports and minimum wage in Cambodia’s textile industry

Cambodia’s minimum wage increased to USD 140 from January 01, 2016, while the latest government announcement raised the minimum monthly wage of workers in its crucial textiles and footwear industry to USD 153 starting from 2017. The Cambodian textile and apparel industry achieved a 7% rise in exports in 2015.

Meanwhile, the Cambodian government also worries that if the minimum wage is set to raise every year, their textile and apparel industry may face new challenges as Investors may leave to find cheaper places to source their products.

Connect with over 24,000 textile machinery companies listed on BizVibe

Bangladesh has one of the lowest minimum wages in the world

The minimum wage of textile workers in Bangladesh are some of the lowest textile minimum wages in the world. Textile workers in Bangladesh overall are too frequently exploited, mistreated, and endangered. Moving forward, workers needs to be protected, labour laws need to be more strictly enforced, and factory safety and worker safety needs to be a priority for clothing manufacturers in Bangladesh.

Connect with textiles companies in Bangladesh listed on BizVibe

BizVibe is home to 50,000+ apparel and textile companies across 200+ countries, covering all sectors. The BizVibe platform allows you to discover the highest quality leads and make meaningful connections in real time. Claim your company profile for free and let the business come to you.

About BizVibe

BizVibe is home to over seven million company profiles across 700+ industries. The single minded focus of BizVibe’s platform is to make networking easier. Over the years, we've searched far and wide to figure out how businesses connect and enable trade. That first interaction is usually fraught with the uncertainty of finding a potential partner vs. a potential nightmare. With this in mind, we've designed a robust set of tools to help companies generate leads, shortlist prospects, network with businesses from around the world and trade seamlessly.

BizVibe is headquartered in Toronto, and has offices in London, Bangalore and Beijing. For more information on the BizVibe network, please contact us.


BizVibe Media & Marketing Executive
Jesse Maida


BizVibe Media & Marketing Executive
Jesse Maida