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Minimum Wage increase forestry and Agriculture Farming 2016

The Department of Labour announced on Wednesday, 3 February 2016 that the minimum wage for employess in the farming and forestry sectors will be adjusted with effect from 1 March, 2016. The increase is 6.6 percent.

In terms of the Sectoral Determination for farmworkers, the new minimum wage will be as follows:

  • Hourly rate: R14,25 (up from R13,37)
  • Weekly rate: R641,32 (up from R601,61)
  • Monthly rate: R2778,83 (up from R2606,78)
  • The daily wage for a farm worker who works nine hours per day is R128,26 (up from R120,32).

This new determination will be in effect until 28 February 2017.

Farmers in areas that are affected by drought may apply for ministerial variations in terms of Section 50 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, which makes provision for the Minister to replace or exclude any basic condition of employment provided for in the Act.

If you have any questions in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact McCarthy & Associates on

(033) 266 6170 or admin@mccarthylaw.co.za.