Minimum wage raised

Government will with effect from October 1, 2015 raise the minimum wage from K14, 326 to K17, 880. 20.

In an interview on Wednesday, District Labour Officer for Blantyre, Frank Adini said the decision was reached upon after consultations with organizations of employers and employees.

Adin said the minimum wage has been raised because of the rising costs of living from K551.00 to K687.70 per day.

“Employers are advised to keep evidence in form of a labour register where all details of how the employees are treated should be kept and signed by the employee,” said Adin.

The Minister of Labour, Youth and Manpower has powers derived from section 54 of the Employment Act to change the minimum wage.

In Malawi, every permanent employee is entitled to gratuity when leaving employment if they are not on pension scheme which is five percent of the current salary or wage multiplied by the number of months worked.

Among others, a person is entitled to at least a day off in a week and a minimum of 18 days annual leave for those working six days in a week and 15 days annual leave for those working five days in a week.

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