Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced a $4,000 increase in Jamaica’s minimum wage come June 1.

That’s a 44% increase, moving from $9,000 to $13,000.

The Prime Minister announced the much needed improvement as part of his budget presentation in the House of Representatives on Thursday.

Mr. Holness also touted a 110 per cent increase in the minimum wage since his administration took office.

Meanwhile, security guards will also see an improvement, moving from just over $10,000 to $14,000.

The basic rate provided to pensioners under the National Insurance Scheme, by an impressive 74 per cent effective April 1.