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Work conditions in Uruguay

The Active Population in Figures

201820192020
Labour Force 1,749,8771,759,5041,686,696

Source: International Labour Organization, ILOSTAT database

 
201720182019
Total activity rate 75.51%75.18%75.28%
Men activity rate 82.98%82.52%82.55%
Women activity rate 68.19%67.99%68.14%

Source: International Labour Organization, ILOSTAT database

 

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Working Conditions

Legal Weekly Duration
The standard workweek is 44 hours.
Retirement Age
60
Working Contracts
Employment contracts are regulated by Law. Collective agreements in each sector and individual negotiations complement it.
The terms of employment contracts are flexible.
Labour Laws
Consult Doing Business Website, to obtain a summary of the labor regulations that apply to local entreprises.

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Cost of Labour

Minimum Wage
In 2021, the minimum wage is UYU 17,930 per month according to the data of the Uruguayan government.
Average Wage
In 2019, the monthly average wage was UYU 34 746 according to the ILO (lastest available data).
Social Contributions
Social Security Contributions Paid By Employers: 12.63% of the gross wage.
Social Security Contributions Paid By Employees: 18,1-23.1% of the gross wage according to plans and sectors.

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Social Partners

Social Dialogue and Involvement of Social Partners
The Unitarian Federation ( PIT-CNT ) is the organization that co-ordinates trade union representatives. It puts pressure on the government.
Unions
PIT CNT Inter-union Workers' Congress; National Workers' Convention.
Unionisation Rate
12%.
Labour Regulation Bodies
Ministry of work

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