The new domestic worker minimum wage increase will take place from 01 December 2016 until 30 November 2017 which means that any domestic employee who works more than 27 hours should be paid not less than R12.42 per hour, R559.09 per week and R2 422.54 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 R11.31, R508.93 per week and the monthly rate is R2 205.17.
The minimum wages for domestic workers who work 27 ordinary hours per week or less, their salary should be paid not less than R14.54 per hour, R392.58 per week and R1 701.06 per month, in terms of Area A.
In Area B (those not mentioned in Area A), the hourly rate is R13.53, R360.54 per week and the monthly rate is R1 562.21.
The above is in accordance with the Sectoral Determination 7: Domestic Worker Sector.
Since the promulgation of this Act 14 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.