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southafricalogoThe Department of Labour has announced that in terms of a government gazette published on 15 December 2017, new minimum wages for domestic workers and for contract cleaning workers will come into effect from 1 January 2018.  

In terms of amendments to Sectoral Determination No. 7, domestic workers working more than 27 ordinary hours per week in bigger metropolitan areas (Area A) must be paid R13.05 per hour, or R587.40 per week or R2,545.22 per month.  Those in other areas (Area B) must be paid R11.89 per hour or R534.91 per week or R2,317.75 per month.  There are different rates for those who work 27 ordinary hour per week or less.  The rates will be offset by the introduction of the National Minimum Wage, which for domestic workers will be set at 75% of R20 per hour, i.e. R15 per hour for both Area A and Area B (the rate for those in Area A who work 27 hours or less a week will remain slightly higher).  The minimum rates for contract cleaning workers (Sectoral Determination No. 1) have also been increased.

  • Read the Department of Labour’s press release in this regard at DOL online
  • Download the new minimum wage schedules at DOL online

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