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Advisory Committee recommends minimum wage moved to $6.00 per hour

- Committee also recommends a review every 5 years & that the new minimum wage be implemented within a reasonable time
According to information revealed in the House of Assembly by Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Hon Kedrick D. Pickering, the Advisory Committee has recommended that the minimum wage be reviewed at least every five years, that the revised minimum wage is introduced within a reasonable time and that the Labour Department be provided with adequate resources to ensure that there is compliance. Photo: hermetas.com
The Committee appointed to review the territory’s minimum wage has recommended an increase in the minimum wage by 50 percent from $4.00 per hour to $6.00 per hour. This was revealed today November 2, 2015 by Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering during the period of Statement by Ministers in the House of Assembly, during the Fourth Sitting of the First Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA). Photo: VINO
The Committee appointed to review the territory’s minimum wage has recommended an increase in the minimum wage by 50 percent from $4.00 per hour to $6.00 per hour. This was revealed today November 2, 2015 by Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering during the period of Statement by Ministers in the House of Assembly, during the Fourth Sitting of the First Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA). Photo: VINO
One of the meetings of the Minimum Wage Advisory Committee saw little attendance. Photo: VINO/File
One of the meetings of the Minimum Wage Advisory Committee saw little attendance. Photo: VINO/File
The Minister also tabled the report of the Advisory Committee in the House of Assembly today. Photo: VINO/File
The Minister also tabled the report of the Advisory Committee in the House of Assembly today. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Committee appointed to review the territory’s minimum wage has recommended an increase in the minimum wage by 50 percent from $4.00 per hour to $6.00 per hour.

This was revealed today November 2, 2015 by Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering during the period of Statement by Ministers in the House of Assembly, during the Fourth Sitting of the First Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA).

“Madam Speaker on the 31st of July 2015 the Minimum Wage Advisory Committee submitted its report after roughly eight months of research and consultations,” he said.

Dr Pickering said the committee took into consideration a number of factors such as the ability of employers to pay the increased minimum wage, the impact that the increase may have on the economy as a whole, the ability of families to provide basic necessities for themselves, the economic conditions of the country including job growth and the unemployment rate, the cost of living, the characteristics of minimum wage earners, the overall impact of a minimum wage increase on businesses, trends and developments regarding minimum wage in other jurisdictions among others.

The Labour Minister added that while the committee was asked to consider various levels of minimum wage for different categories of workers, the committee in the end recommended a single minimum wage but with the understanding that market forces will come into play to determine what each category will earn.

The VI now second in the region among OTs

The Deputy Premier said that while there are benefits to the increasing of the minimum wage there are also disadvantages such as layoffs and prices increases. He said, according to the report, there seems to be unanimity on the need to increase the minimum wage.

“Therefore reinforced by this consensus the committee has recommended the upward adjustment in the minimum wage from the current $4.00 per hour to $6.00 per hour. This will take the territory to the lowest of the overseas territories in this region to just below Turks and Caicos which is currently set at $6.25 per hour.”

Recommendation based on broad spectrum of considerations

Hon Pickering said the recommendation has been informed by a broad spectrum of factors that influence economic conditions within the territory. “And these factors include job growth and unemployment rates, the cost of living, an analysis of information from public consultations, government departments and statutory bodies, the average wage of the territory, the consumer price index and the territory’s inflation rate.”

According to the Minister, the committee also recommended that the minimum wage be reviewed at least every five years, that the revised minimum wage is introduced within a reasonable time and that the Labour Department be provided with adequate resources to ensure that there is compliance.

The Minister also tabled the report of the Advisory Committee in the House of Assembly today.

36 Responses to “Advisory Committee recommends minimum wage moved to $6.00 per hour”

  • HMPH (aka Socal Comantater) (02/11/2015, 12:57) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
    50% incres - me tinkin dat some bosses goin fire some persons
  • ABC (02/11/2015, 13:28) Like (20) Dislike (10) Reply
    This is not enough shame on them!
  • Sure (02/11/2015, 13:30) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    100% increase of nothing is still nothing. How is $ 80 per week going to make a meaningful difference given the cost of living in the BVIs?
    • lmao (02/11/2015, 14:03) Like (13) Dislike (5) Reply
      So people should just get an increased wage, just because? WTF? So what happens to the businesses paying the increased wage? They will magically have more money to pay more? Then when the same business increase their prices so high that the same person gettting the increased minimum wage still cant afford it then what? Stop thinking in a bubble, it's all interconnected. All govt has to do is institute price control on the staples, i.e. sugar, bread, water, flour to ensure that people can afford to at least feed their families. Living is another situation as local rip off contractors have increased the price of building hence rents, mortgage etc. will always be high. The price of progress.
    • the big boss man (02/11/2015, 14:27) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
      That is $80 x 50 weeks =$4000 more per year....Don't be ungrateful, be thankful!
  • give thanks (02/11/2015, 13:44) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Instead of bashing government let us say thanks...its not great but we still a little better off than we were with the minninum wage. Please let us not be ungrateful..in every thing give thanks.
  • The Donald (02/11/2015, 14:02) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
    Is this a joke? I do hope so! In the USVI their min. wage is $7.25; they are looking at raising this to $10.50/hr by Jan. 2017. It has been noted in the USVI media that the current $7.25/hr wage and those earners of that wage class rely heavily on public assistance. So how do the powers here think that what is proposed is going to make a difference in the lives of those minimum wage bracket earners? Now with more deductions on the horizon for employees in the BVI the domino effect will be clear & present and felt throughout all economic corners.
    • Shut (02/11/2015, 16:02) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
      You really comparing BVI with USVI? Why stop there? Let's pass a law that mandates that all companies should pay all their staff's bills so their staff won't suffer and be happy or have to bother harassing Government. Better?
  • LOL (02/11/2015, 14:24) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    This will be taken away by the NHI.
  • yo going soon hear (02/11/2015, 14:28) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The businesses bawling out, especially the big ones.
  • Employer (02/11/2015, 14:32) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    50 employees @ 4000 dollars more per year each plus NHI deductions?...Do the maths...I laying off and downsizing.
  • lordy (02/11/2015, 14:33) Like (6) Dislike (10) Reply
    We business man dead now!!!!!
  • not enough (02/11/2015, 14:34) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    St Thomas own is $10.50 an hr
  • ABC (02/11/2015, 14:38) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    This is not enough shame on them!
  • quiet means consent (02/11/2015, 14:38) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    I wonder if that supermarket going to bring in more fillipinoes any time soon?
  • long look me come from (02/11/2015, 15:23) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Lets march we need at least 8 to 10
  • wize up (02/11/2015, 15:39) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply
    I wonder what maduro, decastro and wheatley will be ranting about now on this topic.....those 3-blind mice always have issues with each and every thing,; can't wait to see the headline this week
  • the end (02/11/2015, 16:19) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nhi plus this end of small business
  • ......... (02/11/2015, 16:51) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    4x8=$32
    6x8=$48
    $48-32=$16
    $16x(5 days a week)=$80
    $16x(6 days a week)=$96
    $80x (4 weeks per month)=$320
    $320x12=$3840 extra per year.

    If I were to get an extra $300 a month right now I would be quite happy. There just ain't no please you people messon....Now I realize not everyone works 40 hours per week but it is still better than nothing. Raise it too much and it may cause more harm than good.
    • wize up (02/11/2015, 22:53) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
      @..........; the Virgin Islands Party made no effort to raise the minimum wage and here come the NDP and trying to correct that issue: our people been working for pocket change for far to long in the territory under VIP...this wage increase is a good start and you know folk will still have issues and talk all manner of bull
    • good (03/11/2015, 08:02) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      What about the negatives? That person now ends up on the PAYE side at some point in the year. Social security gone up, nhi in and hours cut because the employer can't cope. Reality and possibilities are missing. Put it all together and come back with the full story.
  • qc (02/11/2015, 17:00) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    the poor will stay poor
  • oh lord (02/11/2015, 18:29) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Thats damn good. $6.00 per. Wow. Excellent. Great start. . lots of People in great America are working for $6.00 per hr.presently.
    • LOL (03/11/2015, 08:38) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Someone in America is working for $6/hr? Please show me? I'll wait...
      • You asked (04/11/2015, 05:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        All those Hispanics and Mexicans in super markets working in the back room packing and wrapping the meats vegetables getting $5.50. Or 6.00 per hr. I just came from their working with no papers I got $7.00 an hr. I know.
        • Key point!! (08/11/2015, 09:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Key point you said you and those you were working with didn't have papers, but if your in a country legally(with papers) that's not the pay you will get , also if the Department of labor was to find out what do you think will happen. Fines upon fines plus the owners would have to pay those lost wages.
  • lodger (02/11/2015, 19:19) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
    I would like to know how many people are only paid the minimum wage, with no possibility of tips or overtime. Maids and gardeners get $10-12 per hour, and sme get $100 a day. Its important to note that $6 per hour will be the absolute minimum anyone can be paid. It is not a compulsory rate.
  • Local (02/11/2015, 21:13) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I would like to know what company pay maids and gardeners $10 an hour because most of the pig prestigious PETER ISLAND RESORT maids ,waiters dish washers etc have been working for that $4 an hour for years.
  • good job (03/11/2015, 02:31) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    The advisory board did an excellent job..$6.00 per hr as minimum wage is very fair and reasonable..I also love the part when they call out labour to enforce the law.. However. I hope their recommendation is accepted Soon and not wait until 6 months before election.
  • Observer (03/11/2015, 04:05) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Raising the minimum wage might be a good thing. The reality is will government create an atmosphere s o businesses can afford to pay. Remember social security payments will have to increase and the NHI payments will have to increase.Some businesses will have to increase their charges to make those payments. Have a look at the state of the economy and see what is happening. I am no saying the raise is not needed.My argument is what is government doing to enhance the economy of this territory? As you look around the ministers in government and their chosen seem to be the only people making money right now. Time to be accountable to the electorates.
  • Employee (03/11/2015, 08:37) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Employers always look for a reason to cut staff they really need. Then have the rest of the workers work twice as hard for the same pay. Labour need to step their game up and start representing fairly. While enforcing the law.. Consumer protection is also needed. Employers seems to want to do what they want in this place.
  • gateman (03/11/2015, 11:10) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is shameful as a virgin islander and you wonder why
  • JACK BE STILL (03/11/2015, 12:04) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Only that?


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