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Minimum wage increase for domestic workers


coin_2AN INCREASE IN THE MINIMUM WAGE FOR DOMESTIC WORKERS IS TO BE EFFECTIVE FROM 1 DECEMBER 2010 TO 30 NOVEMBER 2011.

Minimum wages for domestic workers who work more than 27 ordinary hours per week (Table 1: Area A – Urban Municipalities)

Minimum rates for period 01 December 2010 to 30 November 2011
  • Hourly rate :   R7.72
  • Weekly rate:   R347.79
  • Monthly rate:  R1506.35
Minimum wages for domestic workers who work 27 ordinary hours per week or less (Table 2: Area A – Urban Municipalities)

Minimum rates for period 01 December 2010 to 30 November 2011
  • Hourly rate :    R9.12
  • Weekly rate:   R246.30
  • Monthly rate:   R1067.15
More comprehensive wage tables are included in the domestic worker booklet mentioned below.

If an employer is paying more than the minimum wage, the increases referred to above, are not compulsory and any increase is negotiable between the parties.

Bernard Reisner, an Industrial Consultant, has published a domestic worker booklet, “You, Your Domestic Worker and the New Laws”.  The booklet informs employers of their rights and obligations. It is written in simple, everyday language and contains all requirements of the law pertaining to domestic workers. It covers a wide spectrum of information from contracts of employment, pay-slips, written warning formats and a certificate of service. It sets out all the basic employment standards specifically aimed at the domestic worker sector.

It is essential reading for employers of domestic workers, domestic workers, au pairs, gardeners and persons employed by a household to drive a motor-vehicle.

The domestic worker booklet costs R49 and is available from Cape Labour and Industrial Consultants, 3 De Lorentz Street, Gardens, Cape Town 8001. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for an order form or phone 021 423 3959, fax 021 423 2105 for details. You can also view the website www.capelabour.co.za
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