The government subsidy increases in the minimum wage
The government subsidy increases in the minimum wage

The government subsidy increases in the minimum wage

Labor and Social Security Minister Karl Samuda has announced a 28.5 percent increase in the national minimum wage from $ 7,000 to $ 9,000 for a 40-hour work week.

In addition, security guards will receive $ 10,500, up from $ 9,700, per year. 40-hour work week.

The increases, which were approved by the Cabinet on Monday, take effect on April 1, Samuda said.

The minimum wage is the minimum amount an employer should pay their workers per week. The current minimum wage was set in 2018.

The new rates are the result of the recommendations of the National Minimum Wages Commission, which conducted public consultations and submitted its recommendations to the ministry from as far back as 2020.

“The thing is, Jamaica was at the stage of the pandemic at the time, and we lost thousands of jobs because of the challenges it posed, and the decision was made at the time, given all the challenges it would have. it would be best to take the necessary steps to get the labor market back on track, “said Samuda.

The minister apologized for the delay in the increase, adding that it would have been “wonderful” if the increases were much longer.

He said, however, that the increase largely depended on the pace of recovery of the Jamaican economy.

“We thank God for the pace it has come so far and we have expectations that things will get better to enable this benefit to become even more meaningful in the near future,” Samuda indicated.


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