Minimum wage increase for Domestic workers

Minimum wage increase for Domestic workers

Minimum wage increase for Domestic workers

Minimum wages are still a touchy topic in South Africa, with many discussions around the possible introduction of a national minimum wage across the board.

The minimum wage for the domestic worker sector has been adjusted upwards with effect from 1 December 2016 as announced by the Department of Labour earlier this week. The latest relief ahead of the festive season will be applicable until 30 November 2017.

The minimum wage adjustment is 100% in line with the Basic Conditions of Employment Act which is regulated through the Sectoral Determination. Domestic Workers are by law classified as vulnerable, hence the Sectoral Determination governing minimum wage and conditions of employment.

Domestic workers include housekeepers‚ gardeners‚ nannies‚ domestic drivers among others.

MINIMUM WAGES FOR DOMESTIC WORKERS WHO WORK MORE THAN 27 ORDINARY HOURS PER WEEK:

  • Area A (those in major metropolitan areas) will earn R12.42 (R11.44: 2015/2016) hourly rate,  R559.09 (R514.82: 2015/2016 ) weekly rate and R2422.54 (R2230.70: 2015/2016) monthly rate.
  • Area B (those not mentioned in Area A) R11.31 (R10.23: 2015/2016) hourly rate, R508.93 (R460.15: 2015/2016) weekly rate and R2205.17 (R1993.82: 2015/2016) monthly rate.

MINIMUM WAGES FOR DOMESTIC WORKERS WHO WORK 27 ORDINARY HOURS OR LESS PER WEEK:

  • Area A (those in major metropolitan areas) is R14.54 (R13.39: 2015/2016) hourly rate, R392.58 (R361.50: 2015/2016) weekly rate and R1701.06 (R1566.35: 2015/2016) monthly rate.
  • Area B (those not mentioned in Area A) R13.53 (R12.07: 2015/2016) hourly rate, R360.54 (R325.98: 2015/2016) weekly rate and R1562.21 (R1412.49: 2015/2016) monthly rate.The different areas classification can be found on the Department of Labour website:   http://www.labour.gov.za/

SERR Synergy Labour Relations for Domestic workers  have been specially designed to take care of all legal requirements and associated risks with your domestic worker such as drawing up Employment contracts, UIF and Workmen’s Compensation registrations and claims to mention a few.  

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