The Department of Employment and Labour can confirm that the National Minimum Wage Commission issued a request for written representations on the new proposed minimum wage for South Africa for 2022. The closing date for submissions is 14 January 2022.
The National Minimum Wage (NMW) Act stipulates that the National Minimum Wage Commission should annually assess and review the minimum wage. The Minister of Employment and Labour determines the adjustment based on these recommendations. As it stands currently, the proposed National Minimum Wage for 2022 has not been officially gazetted.
Currently, domestic workers earn R19.09 per hour, approximately R152.72 per day, R763.60 per week and R3308.68 per month. These amounts equate to an employee who works 8 ordinary hours per day, 5 days per week.
The Department of Employment and Labour is planning to equalize the wages of domestic workers with that of the National Minimum Wage (NMW).
If the proposed minimum wage increase for domestic workers is gazetted, this will translate to a 21% increase. A domestic worker shall earn R23.09 per hour, approximately R184.72 per day, R923.60 per week and R4001.96 per month. These amounts equate to an employee who works 8 ordinary hours per day, 5 days per week.
The Minimum Wage Act provides exemptions for employers who truly cannot afford the adjustment.
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