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Researching Companies

Working & Labor Condition Reports

These sites provide overviews to help you understand workplace issues -- or human rights violations or concerns -- to take into consideration when reporting on country manufacturing practices.

Researching Minimum Wage

The main tip for researching minimum wage? Check the metadata! (Metadata provides information about the data you've found). If you see information buttons or explanations of how a particular number was researched or calculated, take a moment to read & contextualize the numbers.

If you find minimum wage data in a newspaper or journal article, try to track down the official source of that number to verify. You may also want to triangulate or corroborate your information across multiple sources.

  • Wikipedia List of Minimum Wages by Country
    Check the citation(s) for your country, and try to verify that the information in the Wikipedia entry is correct. You might use one of the sources below, or try getting the information from your country's government documents (e.g., websites, agency reports).
  • ILOSTAT Database
    To get to minimum wage data: go to the "Browse indicators by subject" section of the page, click on the "Earnings and labor cost" link, then go to Monthly minimum wage.
  • Real Minimum Wage for OECD Countries
    Note: Minimum wage data from the OECD are calculated in alignment with Purchasing Power Partity (PPP), which factors different countries' costs of living when comparing how far earners' wages would go in different contexts.
  • Contextualizing notes on OECD minimum wage data
  • How to cite the data you find
    See the entry for "Data Sets" on this page for formatting guidelines for citing data sets.

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