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Adjustments to National Minimum Wage Under Consideration

October 1, 2021

Department of Employment and Labour

The comment period on possible adjustments to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) closes on 1 October 2021.

In a statement, the employment and labour department pointed out that the NMW Act of 2018 compels the NMW Commission to annually review rates and make recommendations to the employment and labour minister on any adjustment to the NMW.

The call for comment was published in Government Gazette 45128 on 10 September 2021.

According to the notice, the National Minimum Wage Commission will table its annual report and recommendations on possible adjustments to the National Minimum Wage to the employment and labour minister later in 2021.

Input on possible adjustments will be considered prior to publication of the report and recommendations.

According to the department, the NMW Commission, in considering possible changes to the NMW, takes into account factors such as “inflation, the cost of living, and the need to retain the value of the minimum wage; gross domestic product; wage levels and collective bargaining outcomes; productivity; ability of employers to carry on their businesses successfully; the operation of small, medium or micro-enterprises and new enterprises; likely impact of the recommendation adjustment on employment or the creation of employment”.

Meanwhile, the department , in Gazette 45242, announced the extension of the period of operation of the Bargaining Council for the Furniture Manufacturing Industry of the South Western Districts’ Main Collective Agreement until as amended from time to time.