Minimum Wage For Domestic Workers To Increase

Cape Town- From 1 December employers in urban areas will have to pay their domestic workers a minimum wage of R9.63 an hour while the wage in rural and small town areas will increase to R8.30, said Labour Minister Mildred Olifant in a statement on Friday.

For domestic workers who work for more than 27 hours a week in Area A, defined as all “urban areas with municipalities, such as Buffalo City, City of Tshwane, Emalahleni (Witbank), Johannesburg, and others” the revised wage will be:

  • R9.63 hourly
  • R433.35 weekly
  • R1877.70 monthly

Area B which is defined as small town or rural areas the minimum wage for domestic employees working more than 27 hours a week will be:

  • R8.30 hourly
  • R373.50 weekly
  • R1 618.37 monthly

The minimum wages of domestic workers who work 27 hours or less a week in Area A will rise to:

  • R11.27 hourly,
  • R304.29 weekly (for a 27-hour week)
  • R1 318.48 monthly

Domestic workers who work fewer than 27 hours in area B will have to be paid at least:

  • R9.80 hourly
  • R264.60 weekly (for a 27-hour week)
  • R1 146.51

Last year’s hourly rate for Area A was R8.95, and for Area B, R7.65.

The department added that in terms of the law, a domestic worker could not be made to work more than 45 hours a week; more than nine hours a day for a five-day work week; or more than eight hours a day for a six-day work week.

“Overtime must be paid at one-and-a-half times the employee’s normal wage, or an employee may agree to receive paid time-off,” said Olifant.

Image: GCIS, Mildred Olifant


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