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Domestic worker wage increases

By Jessica Anne Wood

The increase for domestic worker wages, effective from 1 December 2016, was announced by the Department of Labour on Monday. The increase covers the minimum wages for contract cleaning employees and will be implemented between 1 December 2016 and 30 November 2017, when the new minimum wages will be announced.

The wages

According to a report, contract cleaning employees (including domestic workers, gardeners, housekeepers and nannies) in metropolitan areas will enjoy an increase of 8.2%, while workers from non-metropolitan areas will see a 10% increase.

The new wages, according to the South African Labour Guide, are as follows:

Workers who work more than 27 ordinary hours per week, must achieve:

 

Hourly rate

Weekly rate

Monthly rate

 

2016/2017

2015/2016

2016/2017

2015/2016

2016/2017

2015/2016

Area A (major metropolitan areas)

R12.42

R11.44

R559.09

R514.82

R2,422.54

R2,230.70

Area B (those not included in Area A)

R11.31

R10.23

R508.93

R460.15

R2,205.17

R1,993.82

 

Workers who work 27 ordinary hours or less per week

 

Hourly rate

Weekly rate

Monthly rate

 

2016/2017

2015/2016

2016/2017

2015/2016

2016/2017

2015/2016

Area A (major metropolitan areas)

R14.54

R13.39

R392.58

R361.50

R1,701.06

R1,566.35

Area B (those not included in Area A)

R13.53

R12.07

R360.54

R325.98

R1,562.21

R1,412.49

 

Sources: www.labourguide.co.za and www.gov.co.za

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