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Minimum wages for domestic workers: It's that time of the year again

by , 10 November 2015
While scanning through the news today, my attention was captured by a recent article regarding the country's minimum wages, particularly around domestic workers. And with December approaching, which will in turn lead to wage increases for them, I thought it appropriate to bring the topic into light.

What's all the news about?

According to Business Tech, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have called for a national minimum wage across the country, which they claim shall show the real value of lower-income jobs.

This call includes setting the wages for domestic workers, who comprise 8% of South Africa's total workforce (one million strong).

Their sectoral determination, they claim, should be set to R4 500 per month.


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R4 500? Really?

Well, the fact of the matter is that the Minister of Labour is the one who sets the minimum wages for the sectoral determination covering domestic workers. This sectoral determination includes Temporary Employment Services, as well as independent contractors you hire in the workplace.

At present, domestic workers who work more than 27 hours per week must earn a minimum wage of R10.59 per hour in Area A (most municipal areas) and R9.30 in Area B.

The minimum wage for domestic workers who work less than 27 hours per week should earn a minimum salary of R12.40 per hour in Area A and R10.98 in Area B (click here to learn more).

Now, it's worth noting that the minimum salary increases in December every year. The Minister of Labour bases this increase on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), + 2.5%

So be aware of such changes coming up soon and ensure you're in line with the law when it comes to domestic workers' minimum wages.

Also keep in mind that each sector has different requirements, with domestic workers having minimum conditions around accommodation, notice periods and family responsibility leave too.

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