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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):

Domestic workers minimum wage increase effective from 1 December 2016

Labour department declares the new domestic workers minimum wage increases

  • An increase of R0.98 per hour in wages (R11.44 to R12.42).
  • Minimum monthly salary = R2,422.54.

Other areas:

  • 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.

Other areas:

  • 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.

If you have any queries in this regard or if your employer does not follow these new regulations, please contact our attorneys at Abrahams and Gross, your Labour and Employment Law experts.


Jeremy Simon and Shano Macris, Labour and Employment Law, Abrahams & Gross

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