The increase was announced by Minister of Labour and Social Security, Shahine Robinson, during her presentation to the House of Parliament in the 2018/2019 Sectorial Debate on Tuesday.
At the same time, the minimum wage for industrial security guards has been increased by 9.6 per cent, also effective August 1, moving from $8,854 per week to $9,700 per week. This works out at $242.50 per hour.
The ruling Jamaica Labour Party, in the lead up to the 2016 General Election, had promised to increase the minimum wage as, arguing that $6,200 was insufficient.
Is $7,000 sufficient? Loop News took to the streets of downtown Kingston to get views from members of the public. Watch the video.