Domestic workers’ wages going up

Shaanaaz de Jager

DOMESTIC workers’ wages are set to increase next month and while every cent helps, some domestic workers still struggle to make ends meet. The Department of Labour announced this week the minimum salary of domestic workers would increase by 7.6% in urban areas and 8.6% in rural areas.

From December 1, the minimum wage for a domestic worker putting in more than 27 hours a week in an urban area will be R9.63 an hour, R433.35 weekly (for a 45- hour week) and R 1877.70 monthly (for a 45-hour week). Domestic workers in rural areas are entitled to R8.30 hourly, R373.50 weekly (for a 45-hour week) and R1618.37 monthly (for a 45-hour week).

The minimum wages last year were R1746 per month in urban areas and R1491.86 in rural areas.

 

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