The government of Malawi through the Ministry of Labour, Youth and Manpower Development has hiked statutory minimum wage from five hundred and fifty one Kwacha (K551.00) per day to six hundred and eighty seven Kwacha seventy tambala (K687.70) per day, effective 1st October 2015.
This has been disclosed in a Press statement released on Sunday made available to FaceofMalawi signed by Patrick H. Kabambe.
According to the statement, the new minimum wage applies, without exception, to all sectors of our economy and all areas.
“Employers are hereby reminded that, in terms of section 55 of the Employment Act, Cap 55:01, it is an offence to pay an employee a wage that is below the prescribed statutory minimum wage,” reads the statement in part
The Ministry has appealed to all employers to comply with the new minimum wage.
“We wish to reiterate that this is a minimum standard and employers are encouraged to go beyond this set minimum in order to improve the welfare of workers,” said Kabambe in the statement.