The Department of Labour has announced that the minimum wage for domestic workers will increase on 1 December 2016 in terms of Sectoral Determination 7 (SD7).
SD7 covers the following employees:
- All domestic workers in South Africa (except domestic workers who work on farms or are covered by another sectoral determination or a bargaining council);
- Persons employed by employment services;
- Independent contractors;
- A person doing gardening in a private home;
- Persons who look after children, the aged, the sick, the frail or the disabled in a private household;
- A person employed to drive the car taking children of the household to school.
The minimum wage for the period 1 December 2016 to 30 November 2017 is as follows:
The minimum wage rate for domestic employees who work more than 27 ordinary working hours per week:
- Monthly – R2422.54 (45 hour week)
- Weekly – R559.09 (45 hour week)
- Hourly – R12.42
- Monthly – R2205.16 (45 hour week)
- Weekly – R508.93 (45 hour week)
- Hourly – R11.31
The minimum wage rate for domestic employees who work 27 ordinary working hours per week or less:
- Monthly – R1701.06
- Weekly – R392.59
- Hourly – R14.54
- Monthly – R1562.21
- Weekly – R360.54
- Hourly – R13.35
According to the wage table released by the Department of Labour, the minimum wage increase for domestic employees in Area A is 8,6% and Area B is 10,6%.