Dominica government increases minimum wage

The Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica - has increased the minimum wages for the citizens on Thursday to provide them with a better standard of living, which would be in effect from 1 September 2021.

Dominica: The Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica – has increased the minimum wages for the citizens on Thursday to provide them with a better standard of living, which would be in effect from 1 September 2021.

This announcement was made by the Minister of National Security and Home Affairs – Rayburn Blackmoore. The Minister noted that the Dominica government had given the undertaking to review the minimum wages for all the categories to benefit the vulnerable citizens of the nation.

The Minimum wages for the following categories have been increased –
– Agricultural workers and Labourer (From $4 per hour to $7.50 per hour).
– Daily paid workers and tourism workers. (From $4.50 per hour to $7.50 per hour).
– For Juveniles and Trainers (From $3.60 per hour to $ 5.67 per hour).
– Cashiers and Receptionists (From $5.50 per hour to $7. 25 per hour).
– Sales Persons (From $5.50 per hour to $7.25 per hour).
– Shop assistants (From $4.50 per hour to $6.75 per hour).
– Home assistance with a meal (From $125 per week to $200 per week).
– Home assistance without meals (From $143.75 to $250 per week).
– Living in Home Assistance (From $142.50 per week to $220 per week).

The Minister also informed that there are also few categories that have been included with the already existing categories of workers covered by the 2008 order are-

-Cooks – $7.25 per hour.
– Bartenders – $7.24 per hour.
– Servers – $7.24 per hour.
– Room attendants – $7.24 per hour.
– Groundsmen – $7.24 per hour.
– Public area assistants – $7.24 per hour.
– Vehicle Drivers/Messengers – $7.50 per hour.
– Security Guards – $8 per hour.
– Other workers such as labourers and handymen in the construction industry – $7.50 per hour.

Rayburn further noted that the last review was taken in the year of 2007, which resulted in the passing of an order that covered the specific number of the categories.

Following the statement, he informed that the Ministry had consulted various stakeholders and conducted a market survey regarding the review of the increase in the minimum wage of the citizens.

The Minister concluded that the government of Dominica remains committed to increase the standard of living of the citizens.