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Minimum wage moves to J$5600 per week in January

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 | 6:33 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica-- The national minimum wage will be increased from $5,000 to $5,600 per 40-hour work week, as of Monday, January 6, 2014, Labour and Social Security Minister, Derrick Kellier, has announced.

Also, effective January 6, the minimum wage for industrial security guards, will be increased from $7,320.40 to $8,198.80 per 40-hour work week Kellier said Tuesday  in a statement to the House of Representatives.

He said the adjustments constitute a 12 per cent increase in respect of both the national minimum wage and the minimum wage for industrial security guards from the previous rates established in 2012.

The National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Order and the Minimum Wage (Industrial Security Guards) (Amendment) Order were approved to effect the changes.

Providing a breakdown of the new rates for industrial security guards, Kellier said that  laundry allowance will be increased from $33.30 to$ 37.30 per hour; firearm allowance will be raised to $41 per hour, up from $36.60; and dog handler’s allowance will be increased from $24.63 to $27.58 per hour. 

The cost of insurance coverage to employers, payable if security guards are killed or injured in the line of duty, remains at $2 million.

Kellier said that by convention, the national minimum wage has been the subject of review annually with the Minimum Wage Advisory Commission.

"This decision was taken because this administration recognizes that the current economic climate has negatively impacted the spending power of these workers," Kellier said.

During September of 2013, consultations were held in the parishes of St James, Portland, Manchester and Kingston and St Andrew. The Advisory Commission concluded its series of islandwide consultations on September 26.

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