News at a glance: Rs 1000 wage compensation starting January

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Published on 2022-12-02 at 07:45
Private and public sector employees will receive Rs 1,000 on top of their salary as from January 2023. Also in the news, self-testing for HIV/AIDS will soon be introduced in Mauritius.

Rs 1,000 salary compensation in January 2023

Public and private sector employees will get a salary compensation of Rs 1,000 in January 2023. The decision was communicated this week by the Minister of Finance. This, following the tripartite meeting with trade unions and employers' representatives. The government will help Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) pay this compensation.

This amount has been calculated based on the inflation rate projected by Statistics Mauritius to the end of December 2022, which is 10.7%. This amount will compensate one third of the loss of purchasing power.

The Minister also announced that the minimum wage will increase to Rs 13,075 in January 2023. The CSG Allowance of Rs 1,000 will be maintained at least until June. However, pensioners will not receive any increase. An increase in the old age pension will be considered in the next Budget 2022-23.

According to the Bank of Mauritius (BoM), this wage compensation will cost companies Rs 4.2 billion.

HIV/AIDS: Self-testing kits soon available in Mauritius

Self-tests for HIV/AIDS will soon be introduced by the Ministry of Health. This will become a reality once the HIV and Aids Amendment Bill is amended in the National Assembly. This test will be available from the age of 16. The Minister also announced that those who do not know they have HIV will have access to treatment. The objective of these new measures is to allow the de-stigmatization of this disease.