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How much should I pay my domestic worker?

South African law (under Sectoral Determination 7) sets out minimum wages required to be paid to domestic workers. The Department of Labour updates the minimum wages for domestic workers annually. The following update came into effect on 01 December 2015.

In major metropolitan areas:

  • Domestic workers who ordinarily work more than 27 hours per week must be paid at a rate that is not less than:
    • Hourly rate: R11,44 per hour;
    • Weekly rate: R514,82 per week; or
    • Monthly rate: R2 230,70 per month.
    • Domestic workers who ordinarily work 27 hours per week or less must be paid at a rate that is not less than:
      • Hourly rate: R13,39 per hour;
      • Weekly rate: R361,50 per week; or
      • Monthly rate: R1 566,35 per month.

      In other areas:

      • Domestic workers who ordinarily work more than 27 hours per week must be paid at a rate that is not less than:
        • Hourly rate: R10,23 per hour;
        • Weekly rate: R460,15 per week; or
        • Monthly rate: R1 993,82 per month.
        • Domestic workers who work 27 hours per week or less must be paid at a rate that is not less than:
          • Hourly rate: R12,07 per hour;
          • Weekly rate: R325,98 per week; or
          • Monthly rate: R1 412,49 per month.

          These rates are applicable up until 30 November 2016. On 01 December 2016, these rates will increase at: