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Have you amended your domestic worker's salary for the New Year?

by , 05 January 2016
There's been a recent increase in the minimum wages for domestic workers. This came into effect on 1 December 2015 and will apply until 30 November 2016. This increase is part of an annual binding determination by the minister in terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.

But before you increase the wages, you must know which Sectoral Determination you fall under.

Let's have a look...

Find out which sectoral determination you fall under

Sectoral determinations deal with the protection of workers in vulnerable sectors or areas of work. The determination sets minimum working hours, minimum wages, number of leave days and termination rules. It also divides the domestic sector into two geographic areas, Area A and Area B.

Area A includes all urban areas with municipalities such as Bergrivier, Buffalo City, City of Tshwane, Emalahleni, Johannesburg and others, while Area B includes smaller municipalities not covered in Area A.

***Must have***
If you employ a domestic worker listen up!
  • Did you know you can deduct money from your domestic worker for breakages and damages?
  • Did you know your domestic worker may be entitled to five days family responsibility leave?
  • Did you know you can't just fire your domestic employee?
  • When hiring a domestic employee what should you include in your contract?
  • Did you know that you are legally bound to give him/her a payment slip every month?
Don't be fooled, domestic workers are the fourth highest referring group to the CCMA. So ensure you follow fair labour practice and pay at least the minimum wage.

Here's how...

Area A – Minimum Wages
The minimum wage for domestic workers who work 27 hours per week or less in Area A, will rise from R12.40 per hour to R13.39; and from R337.74 per week to R361.50; and scale up from R1 450.33 to R1 566.35 per month.

For those who work more than 27 ordinary hours per week in Area A, the minimum wage will rise from R10.59 per hour to R11.44, increase from R476.68 to R514.82 per week and nudge higher from R2 065.47 to R2 230.70 per month.

Area B – Minimum Wages
In Area B, workers who work 27 ordinary hours per week or less will now earn a minimum of R12.07 per hour, a weekly minimum of R325.98 and a minimum monthly rate of R1 412.49.

In Area B, where workers work more than 27 ordinary hours per week, the minimum hourly rate will be R10.23; while the weekly minimum rate will be R460.15 and the monthly rate will rise to R1 993.82.

But, you have to do more than just pay minimum wages to your domestic workers. Go to Domesticworkertoolkit.fspsecure.co.za to get your hands on the Domestic Worker Toolkit. In it, you'll find everything you need to know and do to manage your domestic worker.


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