Sunday 1st December 2013 marks the introduction of the new National Minimum Wage legislation for the Falkland Islands. From this date, employers are required by law to pay their workers aged 18 years and over a minimum of £5.05 per hour, equivalent to approximately 8.13 dollars (or £3.10 per hour for workers aged 16 or 17 years).
Under the new legislation employers must ensure they are paying at least the minimum wage to their employees, including part time workers, agency workers, workers coming from outside the Falklands and apprentices.
The Ordinance covers all of the Falklands, including employers at Mount Pleasant, although the British Armed Forces themselves are excluded.
The new legislation follows a period of consultation with businesses and members of the public during April and May of this year.
Guides have been created to assist both employers and workers in understanding their rights and obligations. All employers will receive a copy of the guide and anyone employed by an organisation will receive one from their employer.
Guides will also be available at key locations around Stanley, or can be requested from the Taxation Office.
Copies of the guidance leaflets are also available to download from: www.fig.gov.fk/policy/index.php/downloads