How much do you pay your domestic worker? News24 users have their say

Cape Town - News24 users living in the Western Cape pay their domestic workers more per day than those in any other province, a News24 survey has revealed.

With over 12 000 responses from a survey conducted earlier this year of the payment habits of News24 users, the Western Cape trumps when it came to paying helping hands over the course of one shift, averaging R188.50 per day.

Second was Gauteng with R172 a day, while KwaZulu-Natal came in third, averaging R151 a day.

It was not good news for domestic workers in the Northern Cape and North West, however, with homeowners in the northern provinces paying their domestic workers R120 and R128 respectively a shift on average.

The recommended minimum wage set by the South African Labour Department in December 2014 is R2 065.47 per month, or R476.68 per week, or R10.95 per hour, for a standardised 45-hour week.

You can calculate how your wage matches up below using our Living Wage Calculator.

The full results from our News24 survey:

Province Name                 Rands per shift

Western Cape                    R188.50 (3391 responses)

Limpopo                             R148 (285 responses)

Gauteng                             R172 (6333 responses)

KwaZulu-Natal                   R151 (1321 responses)

Mpumalanga                      R130 (384 responses)

Free State                          R130 (332 responses)

Northern Cape                   R120 (145 responses)

Eastern Cape                     R133 (535 responses)

North West                         R128 (251 responses)

Domestic Wage Calculator

A new tool created by data-gathering company Code4SA can help you determine what your domestic worker needs as a bare minimum to sustain her family.

Using multiple variables which can be adjusted to your liking, the Living Wage Calculator aggregates a total monthly wage needed for your domestic worker to support her household based on her family’s specific circumstances.

Some of these adjustable variables include: the number of dependents in the household; transport costs; healthcare; housing; education, and four others, all of which contribute to calculating a "fair wage" for that household either per day, per week, or per month.

The figure isn't a mandatory gauge for what people should be paying. Rather, it is just an indication of exactly what is needed in South Africa to provide the bare necessities for any family, and how the recommended wages set for domestic workers falls well below that.

Calculate how much your domestic worker needs to sustain a basic lifestyle here.

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