Domestic workers' minimum wage raised

2011-11-29 17:03

Johannesburg - Domestic workers will as of December 1 receive a prescribed minimum salary of R8.34 per hour or R375.19 per week or R1 625.70 per month from their employers.

Johan Botes, director in the employment practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, said: "The Basic Conditions of Employment Act 75 of 1997 empowers the minister to lay down minimum wages for workers in various sectors.

"The minister previously increased the minimum wage for domestic workers in 2008 by setting down a minimum wage - R1 340.95 per month as from December 1  2008 - which was then increased on December 1 in 2009 and 2010 by the consumer price index plus 1%."

Botes said the wage increases should come as a welcome relief for this vulnerable sector of the economy. The statutory minimum wage should not be seen as the benchmark, but rather the absolute minimum wage to be paid to domestic workers.

"Employers failing to adhere to the minimum increase from December 1  2011 should not expect any sympathy from labour inspectors should the latter pay a visit.

"A labour inspector may issue a compliance order to an employer who fails to pay the prescribed wage. This may be made an order of court. The employee is also entitled to interest for arrears remuneration."

Where domestic workers work for less than 27 hours per week, the minimum rate is R9.85/R265.94/R1 152.32 per hour/week/month.

Those domestic workers employed in smaller municipal areas are entitled to reduced rates - R7.06/R317.62/R1 376.25 for those working more than 27 hours per week. For those working less than 27 hours per week, rates are R8.33/R224.90/R974.49, Botes said.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-02-22 17:10

    The minimum wage is pretty disgusting. R1600 a month - can some people honestly employ a person 8 hours a day and pay them that pittance!

  • Peter - 2012-02-22 17:29

    How much am I then supposed to pay a casual char who works one 8 hour day per week?

      Marissa - 2012-02-22 21:07

      Good question. You should maybe decide how much YOU are prepared to work for and take it from there

      lynn.c.wood.9 - 2012-11-19 13:02

      As stated the minimum is R8,34 per hour which equates to R66,72 for an 8 hour day. However you are allowed to pay above the minimum rate

      kevincad - 2012-11-20 15:03

      If you pay the minimum wage, then that's pretty disgusting. I have a domestic worker who comes one day a week. This means that some months she'll work 4 weeks, other months 5 weeks. I pay her R840 a month, which is either R168 a day, or R210 a day. I also provide her with lunch, and a double-salary in December. Let me tell you, she is the most loyal, hard-working person ever. She is treated as an absolute equal, and paying her any less than I currently do just wouldn't sit right with me. If you are in a position to afford a maid, you probably have some disposable income. An extra R400 per month may be nothing to you, but it makes a big difference to them. Do not follow this disgusting "minimum wage" crap, pay a FAIR wage.

  • Marissa - 2012-02-22 21:05

    I would not be able to sleep at night if I had to pay Paulina R1600 per month!!! This is slavery! And then they expect their workers to be loyal and happy, and sometimes to even work crazy hours as well. This is so very wrong! These people are mothers with children and they all have the same responsilities we Have..the same worries about their children. Lets try to remember that, and maybe just try to be a little less selfish

      candipot - 2012-11-21 13:41

      Whoever disliked this post has no compassion!

  • candipot - 2012-11-21 13:37

    Sis on anyone who pays their domestic or any worker less than R2000 - R2500 per month! We pay a minimum wage of R150.00 per day to anyone who works for us for any reason! Not because it is prescribedbut bevause anything less just wouldn't be right!

  • candipot - 2012-11-21 13:40

    Not to mention we feed our staff daily too. Because they still need to take that wage home to feed their families, one less meal they have to pay for helps more than you can imagine!

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