THE continuous pint-sized hourly rate payment received by local security officers through their various firms is still a serious concern, according to former Police officer Henry Kahui.
In an interview with the Solomon Star this week, he said as a person that also engaged in the security industry in the country, he wished to urge business houses and other organisations to consider establishing engagement packages to enable them to continue providing services.
“Business houses and organisations must consider the fact that the security industry is a risky undertaking and they have to increase the rate of engagement.
“They only gave the security firms SBD$8.00 – $10.00 per hour. This is not enough as it will not allow the firms to meet the NFP contributions, taxes, and the HCC business license and insurance of its security officers,” he said.
He also said that all these are required by the laws of the country.
“The security firms cannot move forward in this industry due to the high demand and cost of doing business with a low income”.
He also appealed to the government ministries and businesses to maintain a short contract engagement to allow other security firms to have a share in the industry
However, Mr Kahui also applauds the Heritage Park Hotel, for engaging different security firms every six months. He said this gives security firms fair chances to engage in providing services and learning experiences.
Meanwhile, the former Police officer appeals to the Security Firms Association in Honiara city to come together and talk over the issue.
By RONALD TOITO’ONA