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Breaking news: If you have a domestic worker, you must comply with the new wage structure. Do you know what you have to pay?

by , 01 December 2014
On Tuesday (25 November), Labour Minister, Mildred Oliphant, approved new minimum wages for domestic workers.

This means you must comply with the new minimum wages and pay your employee correctly.

If you don't, she could take you to the CCMA. Not only will this destroy the relationship you've built, but you'll have to compensate her.

Don't take chances. Read on to find out what the new minimum wages for domestic workers are so you don't land up at the CCMA.


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Ignorance isn't an excuse! Make sure you know the new minimum wages for domestic workers or risk a CCMA case

 
The DoL says minimum wages for domestic workers who work more than 27 ordinary hours a week are as follows:
 
  • Domestic workers in metropolitan areas (area A) must now get a R10.95 hourly rate, R476.68 weekly rate and R2 065.47 monthly rate.
 
  • Domestic workers who fall under area B (those who don't fall in area A) must now get a R9.30 hourly rate, R418.32 weekly rate and R1 812.57 monthly rate.
 
The new wage structure for these domestic workers kicks in from 1 December 2014 and will be effective until 30 November 2015.
 

What about those who work 27 ordinary hours a week or less?
 

Their wage structure has been adjusted too. And the change also kicks in from 1 December 2014 to 30 November 30.
 
Domestic workers in major metropolitan areas (Area A) must get a R12.40 hourly rate, R334.74 weekly rate and R1 450.33 monthly rate. Those who don't work in major metropolitan areas (Area B) must get a R10.98 hourly rate, R296.35 weekly rate and R1 284.09 monthly rate.
 
It's crucial that you comply with these changes…

 
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If you don't comply with the new minimum wage for domestic workers, your employee could take you to the CCMA

 
Domestic workers are in the top four types of employees who take their employers to the CCMA.
 
So make sure you comply with the new wage structure to avoid landing up at the CCMA.
 
If you have any questions about the new minimum wages for domestic workers, ask our experts at the Labour & HR Club. Or check out the Domestic Worker Toolkit.
 


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