Minimum Pay

Sri Lanka has imposed a minimum US$ 150 wage per month for foreign employment, with effect from October 01. Sri Lanka has imposed a minimum US$ 150 wage per month for foreign employment, with effect from October 01. The legislated increase missed two earlier deadlines in January and June 2005 on lobbying from recruitment agencies.

The minimum wage for migrant workers up to now was about US$ 100 per month, last revised in 1994, when wages were raised from an average SU$ 60 per month.

Migrant labour importing countries meanwhile in a late September ministerial meeting agreed to up the minimum wage to US$ 250, but did not agree on a time frame to implement the proposal.

Migrant labour exporting countries on their part agreed to better train their workers, arming them with a better skill set – including country specific training.

Foreign Employment Bureau’s Assistant General Manager H. Batagoda said a proposal to introduce country specific training has already been floated and could be implemented somewhere in 2006.

The training programmes will partner recruiting firms in each worker i