Pay rise for domestic workers

2009-11-24 10:57

The minimum wage for domestic workers has been increased by 7%, the

labour department said on Tuesday.

The hike applied to both urban and rural areas, employment

standards executive manager Virgil Seafield said in a statement.

“Starting on December 1, minimum wages of domestic workers employed

for more than 27 hours a week in area A will rise from R6.88 per hour to R7,40.

Put another way, their wages will go up from R1340,95 to R1442,86 per month,’’

he said.

The increase was based on the consumer price index (CPI) of 6,6%,

1% for area A, which is mainly cities and big towns.

The wages for area B, in more rural areas, will rise from R5,63 per

hour to R6,11 or from R1097,40 to R1191,78 per month. This increase was based on

CPI plus 2%.

Domestic workers who work for less than 27 hours in a month had

their minimum wages increased from R8,12 to R8,74 per hour for area A, and from

R6,65 to R7,22 for area B.

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