Minimum Wage For Domestics

What is the minimum wage for domestic workers and nannies? The Minister of Labour, Mildred Oliphant, has announced that: “wages for the vulnerable workers in the Domestic Worker Sector will be adjusted with effect from 1 December 2015”. In terms of Sectoral Determination 7: the minimum wages will be adjusted upwards to employees. This means […]

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What is the minimum wage for domestic workers and nannies?

The Minister of Labour, Mildred Oliphant, has announced that: “wages for the vulnerable workers in the Domestic Worker Sector will be adjusted with effect from 1 December 2015”. In terms of Sectoral Determination 7: the minimum wages will be adjusted upwards to employees.

This means that an employee that works more than 27 hours in Area A should be paid not less than an hourly rate of R 11.44. Secondly, for an employee that works less than 27 hours in Area A should be paid not less than an hourly rate of R 13.39. Thirdly, for an employee that works more than 27 hours in Area B should be paid not less than an hourly rate of R 10.23 Fourthly, for an employee that works less than 27 hours in Area B should be paid not less than an hourly rate of R 12.07.

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Here are the latest minimum rates for domestic workers for period 1 December 2015 to 30 November 2016, as announced by the Department of Labour.

Minimum wages for domestic workers who work more than 27 ordinary hours per week:

Area A: major metropolitan areas
Hourly rate:    R11.44
Weekly rate:   R514.82
Monthly rate:  R2230.70

Those not covered in Area A
Hourly rate :   R10.23
Weekly rate:   R460.15
Monthly rate:  R1993.82

Minimum wages for domestic workers who work 27 ordinary hours per week or less:

Area A: major metropolitan areas*
Hourly rate: R13.39
Weekly rate: R361.50
Monthly rate: R1566.35

Those not covered in Area A
Hourly rate: R12.07
Weekly rate: R325.98
Monthly rate: R1412.49