The latest wage increases for domestic workers in South Africa have been announced. This year domestic employers will have to raise their employees’ salaries with at least 8% from next month.
(Download the Domestic workers – Minimum Wage December 2015)
The latest minimum wage schedule for the domestic employment sector must be used to determine how much to pay your doemstic employee with effect 01 December 2015.
- First determine which table to apply based on the amount of hours the employee is expected to work per week
- Determine which Area is applicable – A or B
- Apply the applicable rate, either hourly, weekly or monthly
If you are not paying your domestic worket at least minimum wage, you have to increase the salary from 01 December 2015 to comply. It is not only illegal to pay your domestic less than required by law but also exploitation of your employee.
Make sure that you setup a proper employment contract with your domestic worker explaining when and how wages will be paid and how much she will earn. Clearly set out her duties, hours of work and any additional benefits she could expect like a transport allowance, housing or food. Include a section discussing the disciplinary actions that might be taken in cases where duties are not performed or certain rules are not complied with.
You don’t need a lawyer to draw up a proper employment contract – visit http://www.labour.gov.za to download a sample and make it your own.
Remember that your domestic employee is also entitled to take paid annual and sick leave, just like you are entitled to at your full time job.
If you are already paying your domestic worker more than the set minimum wage and you need some guidance on a fair increase amount, use the 8-10% CPI based increase subscribed by the Minister of Labour.