The Minimum Wage Order of 2012 applies from the 1st of April, and is applicable for certain occupations (shop assistants, clerks, child-care workers (assistant baby and child minders), personal care workers (nursing assistants). Furthermore, the Order provides for a minimum hourly rate of pay for security guards, and cleaners of business/corporate premises.
The minimum monthly wage upon recruitment was revised to €870, while the minimum monthly wage for employees, who have completed a six month period of employment at the same employer, was revised to €924.
The minimum wage for security guards was revised to an hourly rate of €4,90 and upon completion of a six month period of employment at the same employer is increased to €5,20.
The hourly rate of pay for newly recruited cleaners is €4,55 and upon completing six months of employment at the same employer is increased to €4,84.
It should be noted that the normal working hours of shop assistants according to the relevant Law, must not exceed 38 hours weekly and 8 hours daily, whilst for clerks the working hours should not exceed 44 hours in total per week (including any overtime) or 8 hours daily (normal working hours are usually 38 to 40 hours based on normal practice and agreement with each employer).