Wage Scales

The following wage rates are recommended by the Sri Lanka Government Foreign Employment Authority as minimum hiring rates for Sri Lankans working abroad. These rates apply largely to Middle Eastern countries.

The Government Authority insists on food and accommodation being provided by the employer for domestic and unskilled workers. For other provision of food or food allowance and accommodation with air-conditioning is expected as benefits offered. This is however, an area for negotiation taking into consideration special circumstances which merit alternative arrangements.

For specialized skills and trades which are in high demand overseas and locally, such as positions in petroleum explorations and refinery, shipyard repair and metal fabrication, the employer will need to offer more attractive compensation benefits.

Note: following wage scales are in US Dollars

Construction Workers

Unskilled Labourer: Janitor
Semi-Skilled: Assistant to Carpenter, Mason, Plumber, Electrician
Skilled: Cook, Carpenter, Mason, Electrician, H/E Operator, Plumber, Welder, Mechanic, Clerk, Store-Keeper, Concrete Finisher, Tile Layer
Senior Skilled: Above categories & Specialised Workers
Staff Personnel: Foreman, Junior Administrator, Senior Clerk Warehouseman
Senior of the above categories & Surveyor, Draughtsman, Part qualified or non-professionally qualified Accountant
Professional Staff personnel: Junior Engineer, Part-Qualified Accountant, Senior Administrator
Senior Professional Staff personnel: Medical Doctor (MBBS), Senior Engineer (B.Sc), Accountant (FCA/CIMA)

Agriculture Farm/Workers

Nursery/Breeding Man
Landscape Gardener
Farm Vehicle Driver
Field Supervisor
Veterinary/Agriculture Assistant
Veterinary Surgeon (B V Sc)

Vehicle Maintenance Garage Worker

Gas/Service Station Attendant
Tyre/Upholstery Repairman, Lubricator Battery Serviceman
Auto Painter, Body Repairer
Mechanic Auto/Diesel

Hotel Workers

Bell Boy, Security Guard, Valet Boy, Chauffeur, Room Attendant, Waiter
Clerk, Telephone/Telex Operator, Storeman
Baker, Butcher
Bell/Waiter Captain, Floor Maintenance Supervisor
Sectional Manager
Executive House-Keeper, F & B Manager

Medical/Hospital Workers

Assistant Nurse
Nurse Midwife, Lab Technician, X-Ray Technician, Physiotherapist
Specialized Services Nurse, Senior Physiotherapist
Head Nurse
Dental Surgeon (B D S)
Medical Officer (M B B S)
Surgeon/Dental or Medical Specialist (Should be FRC)

Garment Industry Workers

Machine Operator, Ironer
Designer/Pattern maker (Junior)
Designer/Pattern maker (Senior)
Assistant Manager
Factory/Production Manager

Transport Service Workers

Light Vehicle Driver
Bus Driver
Heavy Vehicle Driver
Scammel/Trailer Driver
Heavy Equipment Mechanic