New domestic workers minimum wage increase
The Labour Department has reported an increase in the minimum wage for domestic workers across South Africa, effective from 1 December 2016.
According to the department, ‘domestic workers’ includes housekeepers, gardeners, nannies and domestic drivers, but excludes those working on farms or those who are covered by a bargaining council agreement.
In terms of Sectoral Determination 7, domestic worker minimum wages will increase with effect from 1 December 2016 to 30 November 2017.
The minimum wage breakdown is as follows:
Domestic workers working more than 27 hours per week
Within metropolitan councils and certain local councils (Emfuleni, Merafong, Mogale City, Metsimaholo, Randfontein, Stellenbosch and Westonaria):
- An increase of R0.98 per hour in wages (R11.44 to R12.42).
- Minimum monthly salary = R2,422.54.
- An increase of R1.08 per hour in wages (R10.23 to R11.31).
- Minimum monthly salary = R2,205.16.
Domestic workers working 27 hours per week or less
Within metropolitan councils and certain local councils:
- An increase of R1.15 per hour in wages (R13.39 to R14.54).
- Minimum monthly salary = R1,701.06.
- An increase of R1.28 per hour in wages (R12.07 to R13.35).
- Minimum monthly salary = R1,562.21.
Take note, however, that these rates do not apply in KwaZulu-Natal. Increases in this area are those as prescribed by the Kwa-Zulu Natal Contract Cleaning Bargaining Council.
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