Minimum Wage regulations 2022

On 8 February 2022, the Minister of Labour and Employment passed new regulations increasing the minimum wage with effect from 1 March 2022. As was the case last year, this regulation governs the minimum wages for:

  • All employees who do not fall into specific categories listed below (including casual employees)
  • Farm Workers
  • Domestic Workers
  • Workers employed in Public Works Schemes (cleaning verges Parks, Cemeteries etc.)
  • Learners

The Regulations also provide new minimum wages for:

  • Contract Cleaners
  • Employees in the Wholesale and Retail Industries.

The increase in the minimum wage is 6.91% and both the Contract Cleaning and Wholesale and Retail Industries minimum wages have also increased wages by this percentage.  However, there have been substantial increases at the other levels.  See table below:

Minimum Wages 2021

Category of employeeHourly Rate 2021Hourly Rate 2022Increase AmountPercent IncreaseNew Monthly salary (45 hours per week)
Minimum WageR 21.69R 23.19R 1.506.91 %R 4 518.57
Farm workers WageR 21.69R 23.19R 1.506.91 %R 4 518.57
Domestic WorkersR 19.09R 23.19R 4.1021.47 %R 4 518.57
Public Work EmployeesR 11.93R 12.75R 0.826.87 %R 2 484.34
Contract CleanersR 23.87R 25.52R 1.656.91 %R 4 972.57

Learner Level 1 – 2

Credit amountWeekly RATE 2021WEEKLY RATE 2022INCREASE AMOUNTPERCENT INCREASENEW MONTHLY SALARY
0 -120 CreditsR 326.51R 349.04R 22.536.90 %R 1 511.34
121 – 240 CreditsR 652.99R 698.05R 45.066.90 % R 3 022.56

Learner Level 3

Credit amountWeekly RATE 2021WEEKLY RATE 2022INCREASE AMOUNTPERCENT INCREASENEW MONTHLY SALARY
0 -120 CreditsR 326.51R 349.04R 22.536.90 %R 1 511.34
121 – 240 CreditsR 614.95R 698.05R 45.066.90 %R 3 022.56
341 – 360 CreditsR 1 003.73R 1 076.19R 72.467.21 %R 4 659.90

Learner Level 4

Credit amountWeekly RATE 2021WEEKLY RATE 2022INCREASE AMOUNTPERCENT INCREASENEW MONTHLY SALARY
0 -120 CreditsR 326.51R 349.04R 22.536.90 %R 1 511.34
121 – 240 CreditsR 653.05R 698.11R 45.066.90 %R 3 022.82
341 – 360 CreditsR 963.38R 1 076.19R 69.436.90 %R 4 659.90
361 – 480 CreditsR 1 405.98R 1 570.63R 74.384.97 %R 6 800.83

Learner Level 5 – 8

Credit amountWeekly RATE 2021WEEKLY RATE 2022INCREASE AMOUNTPERCENT INCREASENEW MONTHLY SALARY
0 -120 CreditsR 326.51R 349.04R 22.536.90 %R 1 511.34
121 – 240 CreditsR 707.39R 756.20R 48.816.90 %R 3 274.35
341 – 360 CreditsR 1 058.41R 1 131.44R 73.036.90 %R 4 899.14
361 – 480 CreditsR 1 491.06R 1 593.94R 102.886.90 %R 6 901.76
481 – 600 CreditsR 1 904.58R 2 036.00R 131.426.90 %R 8 815.88

The intention was always to bring domestic workers up to the national minimum wage within a four to five-year period, hence the large increase in the minimum level now.

It is to be noted that there is no requirement to implement an increase if the employee is already earning more than the minimum salary.

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