Mongolia Manual Labor Costs
The unemployment rate in Mongolia is under 10% (2011) and is slowly decreasing. In most urban areas including Ulaanbaatar and provincial capitals there is a ready supply of informal workers. Each aimag (province) has its own regional union. There are also 12 sectorial unions such as those representing teachers, service workers, energy/geologist/miners, agricultural/environmental workers etc. Many of these unioins are resonably new and as yet are not very active but increasingly they are becoming involved in brokering enterprise bargain agreements for their members.
People tend to use word of mouth, local papers and other forms of classifieds to find work rather than relying on employment agencies. The monthly wage (40 hour week) for an unskilled labourer is approximately 140,000 but for workers in construction it can be up to 500,000. The minimum wage for unskilled labour is set at 835.7 T an hour. Mining in the south of the country is causing the price of labour to increase in those areas.
Type of labour
Daily general worker (unskilled casual worker)
7000 T ($5.60 US$)
Daily general worker (semi-skilled)