Increased allowances for security guards

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

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THE Ministry of Labour and Social Security has released additional information on the new minimum rates to be paid to private security guards as of August 1.

Laundry allowance for the guards has been increased from $40.30 to $44 per hour; firearm premium allowance from $44.30 to $48 per hour; guards with dog handler's permit will be paid a premium allowance of $33 per hour, up from $29.80 per hour; and life insurance coverage, with double indemnity protection and dismemberment coverage, has been increased from $2.5 million to $2.75 million.

Minister of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson announced in the House of Representatives last week Tuesday that, effective August 1, the minimum wage for security guards will be increased from $8,854 to $9,700 per 40-hour workweek. She also announced that the National Minimum Wage will be increased from $6,200 to $7,000 per 40-hour workweek.

In the meantime, the Government is pursuing implementation of a self-contributory group health insurance plan for the private security industry, according to the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ).

The PIOJ says that a number of consultations have already been held with the guards and medical and life insurance personnel.

As at December 31, there were 317 private security companies operating in Jamaica, including 33 new ones, and they employed 22,641 guards, an increase of 2,685 over last year's total.

— Balford Henry

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