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December 19, 2013
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Minimum wage increase takes effect next month

The new minimum wage of $5,600 will take effect in Jamaica as of January 6.

Minister of Labour and Social Security, Derrick Kellier, broke news of the increase in Parliament on Tuesday.

The increase, up from $5,000, is for a 40-hour work week.

The minimum wage for industrial security guards will also be increased from $7,320.40 to $8,198.80 for a 40-hour work week.

Security guards will also get a laundry allowance increase to $37.30 from $33.30 per hour.

In addition, firearm premium allowance payable to security guards is to be increased from $36.60 to $41 per hour.

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