Minister of Labour Godwin Hulse has raised the minimum wage for all classes of manual workers from $3.10 per hour to $3.30 cents per hour in most cases.
The 6.4 percent pay increase is seen as largely symbolic, but it will put $8.00 a week more in the pockets of those workers who need it most.
The raise will apply immediately to domestic workers, unskilled workers in the citrus industry employed in picking fruit, transporting and cleaning, and for shop assistants.
Non-agricultural workers will also get the same raise – 20 cents an hour more than before.
Farm hands and those engaged in agricultural work and export oriented industries will go from $2.50 per hour to $3.30 per hour or $32.00 more than before for a 40 hour work week.
Students who work during the holidays or after school are to get $3.00 per hour.
Minister Hulse made the changes by Statutory declaration which he signed into law to come into effect on May 26, 2012.