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National Minimum Wage to be increased as of March 1

Featured National Minimum Wage to be increased as of March 1
KINGSTON, Jamaica, January 20, 2016 - Labour and Social Security Minister, Dr Fenton Ferguson has announced an increase in the Minimum wage, the rate below which no employer is expected to pay their workers, effective March 1.

Yesterday,  in Parliament, an increase in the national minimum wage and the minimum wage for industrial security guards.

He told Parliament that as of March 1, the new minimum wage for a 40-hour work week will be $6,200 up from $5,600 while the minimum wage for industrial security guards will be $8,854 up from $8,198.

Dr . Ferguson apologised for the low increases, pointing out that employers who can pay more should do so.

Last year, a Commission was set up by the government to look into the issue.

After several proposals and islandwide consultations, the commission submitted its report to the Labour Ministry last September.

At that time, commission chairman, Silvera Castro, said he did not expect the proposed increases would raise concern among employers.

In January 2014, the National Minimum Wage was increased from $5,000 to $5,600 for a 40-hour work week.

The Minimum Wage for Industrial Security Guards was also increased from $7,320.40 to $8,198.80 per 40-hour work week.

Laundry allowance for industrial security guards has been increased from $37.30 per hour to $40.30 per hour;

Their firearm premium allowance has been increased from $41 per hour to $44.30 per hour;

Dog handlers premium allowance has been increased from $27.58 per hour to $29.80 per hour;

  • Insurance coverage payable on account of security guards killed or injured in the line of duty, has been increased from $2 million to $2.5 million.

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