Bandung, West Java — The West Java administration has set Karawang regency’s minimum wage at Rp 3.92 million (US$289.99), the highest in the country. Karawang is among 27 regencies and municipalities in West Java that will have their 2018 minimum wage set by the province’s governor, Ahmad Heryawan. “He signed a gubernatorial decree on the 2018 this morning (Tuesday morning),” West Java Manpower and Transmigration Agency head Ferry Sofyan Arief said on Tuesday (21/11) evening. Meanwhile, Pangandaran regency has the lowest minimum wage at Rp 1.56 million. As a comparison, minimum wage at Jakarta stands at Rp 3.3 million in 2017. With an 8.71 percent increase, workers in Jakarta will enjoy a minimum wage of Rp 3.6 million next year. Ferry said the minimum wage had been set on Government Regulation (PP) No. 78/2015 on wage matters. The PP has mandated an 8.71 percent increase minimum wage increase, he said. He said business players who objected to the regulation could file a request for a delay in the implementation of the minimum wage until December 22. Ferry further explained that the 8.71 percent wage increase had taken account Indonesia’s inflation of 3.72 percent and 4.99 percent of economic growth. He said West Java administration received recommendations from 27 regents and mayors before it determined the province’s minimum wage. Representatives of business players. workers union and regional administrations were involved in deciding in the 2018 minimum wage.