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Unskilled workers from the bordering Indian states fill the labor supply gaps in Nepal created by the increasing migration of the Nepali workforce. Contract labourers from India find seasonal employment during the planting and harvesting seasons in Nepal; several infrastructure projects such as hydropower and road constructions often employ Indian labourers primarily because they are willing to work at relatively cheaper wages than Nepali labourers.    

Labour Rate(s) Overview 


Cost (Local Currency NPR / USD per day) 

Since each district fixes its own rate, the range of rates are included here. 

Daily General Worker (Unskilled casual labor) 

520-600  / 4.64-5.36  

Rate as of July 2018 to June 2019 

Includes Porter, Guards, Length Worker, etc 

Daily General Worker (Semi-skilled labor) 

600700 / 5.36-6.25 

Rate as of July 2018 to June 2019 

Carpenter, Mason, etc  

Skilled Worker 

890 / 7.95 

Rate as of July 2018 to June 2019