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National minimum wage set to increase: input required

National minimum wage set to increase: input required

The National Minimum Wage Commission has presented a report recommending the following increases in the minimum wage:

  • the general minimum wage is set to increase by inflation plus 1.5%. Presuming that inflation will be around 3%, the increase would be 4.5% on the current wage of R20.76 per hour. That would amount to an additional R182 per month, taking the monthly minimum wage to R4227.11;     
  • the wage for farmworkers, currently R18,68 per hour, is set to increase to the new general minimum wage of R21,69 per hour. This would amount to an increase of 16.1% or R586 per month; and
  • the wage for domestic workers, currently R15,57 per hour, is proposed to increase to 88% of the new general minimum wage of R21,69 per hour. This would amount to an increase of 22.5% or R685 per month.

Click here to view the video message by Gerhard Papenfus in this regard. 

The report calls for submissions on the proposals made by the commission. In order to submit a comprehensive submission, we request employers to complete a short survey.

Please click here to participate in the survey. The survey also deals separately with the proposed adjustments in the minimum wages of farm- and domestic workers.