Although Colombian pockets have been hit hard by the high cost of living, last year inflation was 13.12 percent per year, with food becoming more expensive, what people spend today in day in the country to acquire a basic food basket to survive is not among the highest percentages nor is it the lowest among 67 countries analyzed by the portal

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And it is that according to the analysis, with the 16 percent increase in the minimum wage in Colombia, which among other things was the 16th highest among the group of 67 countries that are part of the report, a worker who earns 1,196,000 pesos per month, you must allocate at least 24.5 percent of that income to the purchase of the basic food basket to survive, which covers only the minimum nutritional needs one adult per month.

And although that Colombian worker allocates four times more for that same purpose than a person who earns the minimum wage in the UK (6.5 percent), whose income is $1,705, to a Nigerian, on the contrary, his minimum monthly income ($68 per month) is not enough to cover that basic need. What’s more, he needs an income 2.5 times the current one to access that food basket.

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According to the study, the cost of this basic basket in Colombia in January 2023 is 292,650 pesos, 28.61 percent more than in the same month of 2022, and consists of 8 product groups: bread, milk, eggs, rice, cheese, meat, fruits and vegetables. «The list is very limited, but in the amounts indicated, these products are necessary to meet the minimum nutrient requirements of the average adult,» says the portal.

– Milk (10 liters) – 37,990 pesos
– Bread (10 bars of 500 g) – 41,330 pesos
– Rice (1.5 kg) – 5,560 pesos
– Eggs (20 units) – 12,000 pesos
– Cheese (1 kg) – 15,260 pesos
– Chicken and beef (6 kg) – 118,310 pesos
– Fruits (6 kg) – 32,530 pesos
– Vegetables (8 kg) – 29,670 pesos

The information provided by the portal indicates that the value of this basic food basket in the country went from 189,886 pesos in January 2019 to 292,650 pesos in the same month of this year, a jump of 98.5 percent in those four years. points out in its report that the best relationship between the prices of basic food and minimum wage it is found, as in previous years, in Great Britain, Ireland and Australia, from 6.5 to 7.7 percent.

Colombia is ranked 38th in this ranking with a result of 24.5 percent, ahead of countries like Mexico (34.4 percent, position 49), Peru (35.7 percent, position 51) and Brazil (37 percent). .8 percent, position 52),

In Asia-Pacific countries like the Philippines, India, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, more than half of the minimum wage is spent on basic food.

Add that the older year-on-year increases in the minimum wage they were registered in Argentina (104.5 percent) and Turkey (100 percent). In these countries, both inflation and the decline in the value of the national currency have been above average for several years.

High increases in the minimum wage were also recorded in Moldova (32.5 percent year-on-year), Latvia (27.1 percent) and Malaysia (25.8 percent).

Colombia is ranked 16th in the salary growth ranking. The lowest paid experienced lower wage increases, for example, in Peru (10.3 percent) and Ecuador (5.7 percent).