Please find here the new minimum wage for the Domestic worker sector which is effective as from 3 December 2018. The Domestic worker sector minimum wage is applicable to employees in a private household, such as:
- domestic workers
- employees that take care of children, the sick, the aged, the frail or the disabled
- domestic workers supplied by employment services
Take note: a domestic worker employed on a farm, where primary or secondary agricultural work is performed, is regarded as a farm worker and does not resort under the Domestic worker sector.
Employers must take note that the National Minimum Wage Act will come into effect om 1 January 2019, which requires all employers to pay at least the national minimum wage. This amount is set at R20.00 per hour for all employees in South Africa, irrespective of the industry in which they are employed. The Domestic worker sector has been given an exemption to only pay 75% of the national minimum wage, which calculates to R15.00 per hour. This exemption is valid for 2 years, after which all employers must pay at least the national minimum wage as announced.
The close working relationship between employer and employee that is intrinsic to the Domestic worker sector, creates unique challenges and risk for the employer. The LWO offers specialised employment contracts for the Domestic worker sector, to address this risk proactively in the employer’s interest.
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