Pay rise for domestic workers from 03 December to
31 December 2018. This period applies for the clauses below(*)
* The new domestic worker minimum wage increase will take effect from
03 December to 31 December 2018 which means that any domestic employee who works more than 27 hours should be paid not less than R13.69 per hour, R616.03 per week and R2 669.24 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 R12.47, R561.27 per week and the monthly rate is R2 431.97.
The minimum wages for domestic workers who work 27 ordinary hours per week or less, their salary should be paid not less than R16.03 per hour calculated in terms of the number of hours worked. These minimum rates will remain the same from 03 December 2018 until 30 November 2019, in terms of the National Minimum Wage Act that comes into force and effect from 1 January 2019. This rate of pay applies solely for Area A, who work 27 ordinary hours per week or less.
* In Area B (those not mentioned in Area A), the hourly rate is R14.72, R397.37 per week and the monthly rate is R1 721.81.
The above is in accordance with the Sectoral Determination 7: Domestic Worker Sector.
Since the promulgation of this Act 16 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.