The minimum wage board has prepared its draft recommendation, proposing Tk 9,140 as gross monthly minimum pay for workers of the country’s private security service sector.
The board published the proposed minimum wages of security guards for the first time In a Gazette notice issued on June 6.
The board also proposed a provision of 5 per cent yearly increment for the private security service sector workers.
In February 2018, the government included the private security service sector as the 43rd industrial sector in the minimum wage board and appointed representatives of owners and workers to the board to fix wages for security guards.
After three years and four months of the appointment of owners and workers’ representatives, the board on June 6 announced the draft recommendations for the wages of private security sector workers.
The minimum wage board issued the Gazette notice seeking, if there is any, written objections against or suggestions on the recommendations within 14 days.
The board incorporated four grades in the wage board for the workers of the private security sector and the same number of grades for employees of the sector.
The wage board recommended Tk 8,720 as the minimum monthly gross pay for the employees.
For grade-4 (security guard), the board proposed Tk 9,140 as the minimum monthly wage in district town areas. The amount includes basic pay of Tk 5,600, 40 per cent of the basic pay (Tk 2,240) as house rent, Tk 1,000 as medical allowance and Tk 300 as travel allowance.
For grade-3 (senior security guard), the wage board recommended the minimum wage at Tk 9,840 that includes Tk 6,100 as basic pay, 40 per cent of the basic pay as house rent in district town areas, Tk 1,000 as medical allowance and Tk 300 as travel allowance.
For grade-2 (security supervisor), the proposed minimum wage is Tk 11,240 that includes Tk 7,100 as basic pay, 40 per cent of the basic pay as house rent in district town areas, Tk 1,000 as medical allowance and Tk 300 as travel allowance.
In the proposals, the minimum wage for grade-1 (security inspector) has been set at Tk 13,060 that includes Tk 8,400 as basic pay, 40 per cent of the basic pay as house rent in district town areas, Tk 1,000 as medical allowance and Tk 300 as travel allowance.
For all grades, the house rent in divisional cities would be 50 per cent of the basic pay and travel allowance would be Tk 400.
The wage board proposed Tk 7,000 as the monthly gross pay for apprentice workers with a provision for a six-month apprenticeship.
According to the Bangladesh Security Services Companies Owners Association, the country’s private security sector started its journey in 1988 with Securex Limited as the first company to be set up.
People from the sector said that the number of security service companies in the country was no less than 500 and the number of employees in the sector was 3.5-4 lakh.
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