Domestic worker’s minimum hourly rate to increase with effect from 01 March 2023

The New National Minimum Wage for domestic workers is to be implemented from 01 March 2023.

As from 01 March 2023, the minimum wage will increase to R25.42 per hour, for each ordinary hour worked.

Domestic Workers Wage Increase

The increases was announced in the Government Gazette 45882, dated 21 February 2023.

Criminal Offence

An employer must be aware that it is a criminal offence to pay less that the National Minimum Wage. An employer is not permitted to engage in a negotiation with their employee/s whereby they agree to a daily wage that is less than the National Minimum Wage.

The Basic Conditions of Employment Act ensures that no employee can receive less than what is prescribed in the Act.

National Minimum Wage

The National Minimum Wage is only applicable to payment of ordinary hours of work and does not apply to allowances for transport, meals, accommodation and bonuses.

The occupation entitled “Domestic Worker” encapsulates the following job titles into the recognized definition- cleaner, child minder, carer, gardener and chauffeur.

New Minimum Wage Rate for Domestic Workers in South Africa

It is worth noting that the cost of living in South Africa is high, and domestic workers often struggle to make ends meet. 

The new minimum wage rate may not completely solve this problem, but it is a step in the right direction towards ensuring that domestic workers receive fair pay for their labour. 

By providing a decent wage, employers can help improve the living conditions of workers and contribute to reducing inequality in the country.

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