National minimum wage 1 March 2020

minimum wage

The Minister of Employment and Labour announced the amended national minimum wage on 17 February 2020 in the Government Gazette. The amended minimum wage will come into effect on 1 March 2020 and is applicable to all employers in South Africa.

The national minimum wage was adjusted by 3.80% and the amended minimum wage as from 1 March 2020 will be R20.76 per hour (click here for the amended schedule 1(1)).


Take note of the following industries that have their own minimum wage (effective 1 March 2020):

Contract cleaning sector

There is a specific minimum wage amount based on the specific area in which the employer is doing business (click here for Table 1):

  • Area A: R22.84 per hour (City of Cape Town, Greater East Rand Metro, City of Johannesburg, City of Tshwane and City of Nelson Mandela, Local Councils of Emfuleni, Merafong, Mogale City, Metsimaholo, Randfontein, Stellenbosch and Westonaria.
  • Area B: R23.04 per hour (All areas in KwaZulu-Natal)
  • Area C: R20.83 per hour (All areas not listed in Areas A and B)

Wholesale and retail sector

There is a specific minimum wage amount based on the specific area in which the employer does business as well as the respective job descriptions of employees (click here for Table 1 and 2).

Agricultural sector

The amended minimum wage for the Agricultural sector will be R18.68 per hour (click here for the amended schedule 1(2)(a)).

Domestic worker sector

The amended minimum wage for the Domestic workers sector will be R15.57 per hour (click here for the amended schedule 1(2)(b)).

The Domestic worker sector minimum wage is applicable to employees in a private household, such as:

  • domestic workers
  • gardeners
  • 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, but rather under the Agricultural sector.

It is important for employers to continuously comply with labour law, including any amendments and corrections by the Department of Labour as in this case. It is therefore necessary that you adjust the national minimum wage rate that your employees will receive from 1 March 2020 according to the amended national minimum wage.


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