New minimum wage for Zambian workers in 2011
Note: Minimum Wage Rates for the year 2013 will be announced soon
The Zambian government has issued a new statutory instrument on Minimum Wages and Conditions of Employment for protected employees that are engaged in shops, general establishments and domestic service.
These categories of employees are not unionised and include those in management under the provisions of Section 3 of the Minimum Wages and Conditions of Employment Act, Cap 276 of the Laws of Zambia.
What is the new Minimum Wage?
The new Minimum Wages and Conditions of Employment for the protected employees that are contained in Statutory Instruments (SI) numbers 1 and 2 of 2011 replace those in Statutory Instruments numbers 56 and 57 of 2006 for shop workers and general application.
Significant features in the new instruments include the following:
- The Minimum Wage has increased from K268, 800 to K419, 000 per month
- Retention of the housing allowance rate is at 30% of the basic pay, across the board
- Other allowances such as transport, lunch and subsistence have been adjusted upwards:
Transport: K80, 000 to K102, 000
Lunch: K70, 000 to K120, 000
Subsistence: K100, 000 to K195, 000
What about domestic workers?
For the first time ever, government has developed regulations to administer the determination of wages to cover the Domestic service sector.
Some of the provisions in the (SI) include:
- The minimum wages for domestic workers stands at K250, 000
- Hours of work have been restricted to 48 hours in a week
- Creation of a separation package and transport allowance.
- Minimum Wage Information of Zambia Last Updated by WageIndicator Team in March 2011