GOOD NEWS | 200,000 OFWs to Benefit from UK’s New Minimum Wage Rates – DOLE Chief Baldoz
MANILA – Over 200,000 overseas Filipino workers are expected to benefit from the new national minimum wage rates the United Kingdom’s Low Pay Commission has recommended for workers in the country, and which took effect on 1 October 2014, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said Tuesday.
Citing a report of Philippine Labor Attache to the UK Joan Lavilla, Baldoz said the following new minimum wage rates apply thus:
- For workers 21 years old and above, the new minimum wage rate has increased by 19 pence (P13.69), from UK pound 6.31 (P454.70) to UK pound 6.50 per hour (P468.39), or a 3-percent increase.“This is the new effective adult rate minimum wage in the UK,” Lavilla said.
- For 18- to 20-year-olds, from UK pound 5.03 (P362.46) to UK pound 5.13 per hour (P369.67), or a 2-percent increase.
- For 16- to 17-year-olds, from UK pound 3.72 (P268.06) to UK pound 3.79 per hour (P273.11), or 2-percent increase.
- For apprentices, from UK pound 2.68 (P193.12) to UK pound 2.73 per hour (P196.72), or a 2-percent increase.
OFWs in the United Kingdom consist of nurses, radiologists, therapists, caregivers, and some household service workers.