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Work conditions in Argentina

The Active Population in Figures

201820192020
Labour Force 20,551,68320,877,04119,191,447

Source: International Labour Organization, ILOSTAT database

 
201720182019
Total activity rate 68.23%69.21%69.37%
Men activity rate 79.63%79.70%79.48%
Women activity rate 57.17%59.02%59.53%

Source: International Labour Organization, ILOSTAT database

 
Employed Persons, by Occupation (% of Total Labour Force) 2014
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 17.0%
Manufacturing 12.7%
Construction 10.2%
Public administration and defence; compulsory social security 9.0%
Education 8.1%
Transportation and storage 6.0%
Human health and social work activities 5.3%
Accommodation and food service activities 3.7%
Professional, scientific and technical activities 3.5%
Administrative and support service activities 3.1%
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2.0%
Information and communication 1.7%
Arts, entertainment and recreation 1.5%
Financial and insurance activities 1.4%
Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities 0.6%
Mining and quarrying 0.5%
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply 0.4%
Real estate activities 0.2%
 
For Further Information About the Labour Market
ILO, International Labour Organisation

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Working Conditions

Legal Weekly Duration
48 hours a week
Retirement Age
60 for women, 65 for men
Working Contracts
Legal measures govern work contracts, but they are completed through collective agreements and individual negotiations. Work contracts are very rigid. Procedures for hiring and firing are constraining.
Labour Laws
Doing Business: Argentina, to obtain a summary of lab or regulations that apply to local enterprises.

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Cost of Labour

Minimum Wage
ARS 38,940 as of April 2022, according to the Argentine Ministry of Labor.
Average Wage
According to the Argentine Ministry of Labour, the gross average monthly wage was ARS 158,000 per month in the first quarter of 2022.
Social Contributions
Social Security Contributions Paid By Employers: Employers contribute between 24% and 26.4% of payroll (for employers active in the services or commerce sectors, unless they are considered a SME) to social security, with the first ARS 7,003 per month per employee being exempted. Employers must also make contributions in respect of labor risk insurance and life insurance.
Social Security Contributions Paid By Employees: Employees contribute 14% of wages to social security and 3% of wages to the national health care scheme.

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Social Partners

Social Dialogue and Involvement of Social Partners
Most unions are affiliated to the general labour confederation (CGT). However, the CGT is often an ally of the Government regardless of who is in power. The Government recognised the smallest union in Argentina, the Argentine Workers Group (CTA), in 1997. Negotiations in Argentina take place at the national level, by sector of activity. Labour unions tend to be quite powerful, especially the truck drivers' union.
Unions
List of Argentine Unions
Unionisation Rate
Approximately 40% of workers in the formal economy are unionised.
Labour Regulation Bodies
Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security

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