Ghana - 3.3 Manual Labor Costs

The Labour Act 651 of 2003 regulates employment and labour issues in Ghana. This Act consolidates all laws relating to labour, employers, trade unions and industrial relations. In the Labour Act 651, every worker is entitled to be paid his or her remuneration for public holidays. When a worker in an undertaking works after the hours of work fixed by the rules of that undertaking, the additional hours done shall be regarded as overtime work. Notwithstanding, a worker may be required to work beyond the fixed hours of work without additional pay in certain exceptional circumstances including accident threatening human lives or the very existence of the undertaking. In any undertaking every worker is entitled to not less than fifteen working days leave with full pay in any calendar year of continuous service. Monthly minimum wage figures are calculated as daily minimum wage × 27 days. The minimum wage per day is 7 GH Cedi (US $1.87).


Type of Labour

Local Currency


Year / Month USD

Daily general worker (semi-skilled)

20 Cedis


1,678 / 139

Daily general worker (unskilled casual worker)

15 Cedis


1,260 / 105

Skilled labour

30 Cedis


2,517 / 209 

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