Minimum wages for domestic workers

The minister of Labour, Mildred Olifant updated the basic conditions of employment act (number 1429) and announced the new minimum wages for domestic workers in the government gazette, dated December 15 2017.

Note that these new figures are applicable in retrospect from December 1 last year until they are superseded by the new national minimum wage which should be announced in March for implementation in May this year.

For workers who work more than 27-hours per week, the hourly rate in Ndlambe (Makana given in brackets) shall be no less than R11.89 per hour (R13.05), weekly rate is R534.91 (R587.40) and the monthly rate is R2 317.75 (R2 545.22). Workers cannot be asked to work more than 45 ordinary hours per week.

For workers who work less than 27-hours per week, the hourly rate in Ndlambe (Makana given in brackets) shall be no less than R14.03 (R15.28), weekly rate is R378.83 (R412.60) and the monthly rate shall be R1 641.48 (R1 787.80). Workers cannot be asked to work more than 27 ordinary hours per week.

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