The new domestic worker minimum wage increase will take effect from

01 January until 30 November 2018 which means that any domestic employee who works more than 27 hours  should be paid not less than R13.05 per hour, R587.40 per week and R2 545.22 per month in major metropolitan areas (Area A). It applies to all domestic workers working in the municipalities of Cape Town.

 

In Area B (those not mentioned in Area A), the hourly rate is R11.89, R534.91per week and the monthly rate is R2 317.75

 

The minimum wages for domestic workers who work 27 ordinary hours per week or less, their salary should be paid not less than R15.28 per hour, R412.60 per week and R1 787.80 per month, in terms of Area A.

 

In Area B (those not mentioned in Area A), the hourly rate is R14.03, R378.83 per week and the monthly rate is R1 641.48

 

The above is in accordance with the Sectoral Determination 7: Domestic Worker Sector.

 

Since the promulgation of this Act 15 years ago, the annual minimum wage increase continues to be marginal, which means that these workers will continue to eke out a living in these dire economic times. These vulnerable employees do not have much to rejoice about in the forthcoming year and will continue to struggle to fight for their rights.

 

You can obtain a free copy of the domestic worker minimum wage schedule by emailing bernard@capelabour.co.za.

 

Bernard Reisner

 

Cape Labour and Industrial Consultants