The new national minimum wage for the private sector has been gazetted and will take effect from the 1st July 2022.
In a notice in the official gazette, the Ministry of Labour announced the increase in the minimum wage.
According to the order, with effect from the 1st July 2022, the minimum wage paid to an employee must not be less than $60,147 per month.
If workers already receive a minimum wage at their workplace that is higher than the national minimum wage, they shall continue to receive the higher amount.
The Ministry of Labour is also reminding employers that the normal work week shall be 40 hours and should not exceed 5 days per week. Additional work beyond the normal hours shall attract overtime rates in keeping with the Factories (Hours and Holidays) Act.
Employers found paying below the national minimum wage could find themselves facing charges in the Courts and possible imprisonment for repeat offenses.
Two weeks ago, President Irfaan Ali announced his government’s approval for the national minimum wage to be increased from $44,200
The minimum wage in the public sector is higher than the one in the private sector.