Minimum wage increase for domestic workers

2013-11-22 11:46

The Minister of Labour, Mildred Oliphant, has announced that the minimum wage for domestic workers will rise as from next month.

A statement released by her department said as from December 1, the minimum wage of those working more than 27 hours a week in metropolitan areas will now be R9.63 an hour, while that of their rural and small-town counterparts will be R8.30.

“The minimum wages for domestic workers working for more than 27 hours per week will be ... in Area A: R9.63 hourly, R433.35 weekly [for a 45-hour week] and R1 877.70 monthly [for a 45-hour week].

“In Area B: R8.30 hourly, R373.50 weekly [for a 45-hour week] and R1 618.37 monthly [for a 45-hour week],” said the department.

Area A is defined as all urban areas with municipalities, such as Buffalo City, Emalahleni, City of Tshwane, (Witbank), Johannesburg, and others. Area B includes those municipalities not included in Area A.

The wage adjustment was part of an annual binding determination made by the minister in terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.

The department added that the minimum wages for domestic workers working 27 hours or less a week will be ... in Area A: R11.27 hourly, R304.29 weekly (for a 27-hour week) and R1 318.48 monthly (for a 27-hour week), while in Area B, it will rise to R9.80 hourly, R264.60 weekly (for a 27-hour week) and R1 146.51 monthly (for a 27-hour week).

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

The department cautioned 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,” it said.

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