Tourism Minister, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom has said that the government aims to make sure that employees in the tourism industry are paid higher than the minimum wage.
Speaking on a Sangu TV program mark three years of the current administration, Minister Mausoom said that the payments in then tourism industry will be shaped so that employees are paid way above the minimum wage. He said that on the tourism industry, the discussion is to have money in the pocket at the end of the month rather than the minimum wage.
The Tourism Minister said that they want to bring locals to high paying jobs and the obstruction to that is not having certificates. And so, a program is underway to get certificates for local employees.
He said that setting a minimum wage was an important step that forces businesses that pays lower than that to bring up salaries.
The government announced the minimum wage earlier this month setting the minimum wage for small businesses to be MVR 21.63 per hour totaling MVR 4,500 per month and MVR 8,000 per month for larger businesses.