As of March 1, the minimum wage in South Africa will be increasing by approximately 3.8%. While the increase is far below what unions wanted, it is roughly in line with the annual inflation.
On Monday, February 17, Employment and Labour Minister Thulas decreed in a notice, that the South African minimum wage will be set at R20.76 per hour.
This sees an increase of exactly 3.8% on the initial R20, which officially came into effect on 1 January 2019.
However, as with the original minimum wage, certain categories of workers will have lower minimum salaries than others. This is due to the fact that the wages are set to the nearest cent without fractions. Therefore, the increases in the various sectors will range between 3.77% and 3.818%.
With the increase officially taking effect as of March 1, unions are not happy about the increase. Unions initially wanted to see an increase of at least 12.5% this year, as it has not been increased for over two years.
However, with the new minimum wages approved, what can households and businesses expect to pay from next month?
For work not covered by a special determination: R20.76 per hour.
For domestic workers: R15.57 per hour.
For contract cleaning staff: between R20.83 and R22.84 per hour, depending on the geographic area.
For farmworkers: R18.68 per hour.
For workers in the government’s expanded public works programme: R11.42 per hour.
What are your thoughts on the increase? Do you feel it is a fair increase? Or do you feel it should be higher?
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