Spain’s minimum wage will jump by 22% in 2019 – the largest annual increase in more than 40 years. It means millions of low-paid workers could see a pay rise from €736 ($835; £665) to €900, effective from January. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced the increase last Wednesday, declaring “a rich country cannot have poor workers”.

The announcement comes two days after France’s president Emmanuel Macron announced a €100 increase for minimum wage earners from 2019.

Mr. Macron’s move came after weeks of sometimes violent protests from the “gilets jaunes” movement against high costs of living.

But while Spain’s increase is part of an annual review, it is far higher than any adjustment in recent years.

Spain’s minimum wage is lower than that of the UK, Germany and France but higher than in other EU members including Portugal, Greece and Poland. Please see folowing link for full details