Frequently Asked Questions

The Employers’ Consultative Association of Malawi (ECAM) was registered in 1963 under the Trustees Incorporation Act of Malawi as an employers’ trade association representing all subscribing employers. We have direct membership from 250 organizations which includes 6 associations.

The Associations represent over 277, 000 members. Th primary role of the Employers’ Consultative Association of Malawi (ECAM) is the promotion, guidance and protection of employers’ interests in labour, employment and social-economic issues.

A unique advantage that ECAM has over other organizations that deal with employers in Malawi is that it is the only institution recognised by the Labour Relations Act (LRA) of 1996 as a representative body of employers. ECAM, thus, forms part of the tripartite in the labour market in Malawi which is comprised of the Government as represented by the Ministry of Labour, Skill and Innovation and the Malawi Congress of Trade Unions (MCTU), representing unions.

The current minimum wage is MK 962.00 per day

Overtime is paid at twice the hourly wage on work performed on public holidays and one and half times on normal working days.

ECAM offers expert advice on the legalities of labour and socio-economic policies as well as representation in the Industrial Relations Court

  • Deals with labour isssues affecting all employers with the Ministry of Labour and MCTU.
  • ECAM is the voice of employers on employment and labour issues.
  • ECAM’s mandate is drawn from the Labour Relations Act.
  • MCCCI deals with trade issues affecting the private sector with the Ministry of Industry and trade.
  • MCCCI is the voice of the private sector on issues of business.
  • ECAM is an employers’ organization with membership from employers whereas IPMM is a Human Resource Professionals Practitioneers Body.
  • ECAM membership is corporate based while IPMM membership is individual based.

NO! It is for EMPLOYERS, as defined by the Labour Relations Act.