Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant. Picture: Leon Nicholas

Domestic workers earning a minimum wage are due for an increase effective from Thursday.

Minister of Labour Mildred Oliphant

made the announcement in line with an annual binding determination in terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.

In the year ahead for the period December 1 to November 30 2012, the minimum wage for domestic workers who work 27 ordinary hours a week or less in Area A – which includes all the big municipalities – will rise from R9.12 an hour to R9.85; and from R246.30 a week to R265.94; and rise from R1 067.15 to R1 152.32 a month.

Department of Labour spokesperson Page Boikanyo said: “For those who work more than 27 ordinary hours a week in Area A, the minimum wage will rise from R7.72 a hour to R8.34, increase from R347.79 to R375.19 a week and from R1 506.35 to R1625.70 a month.”

Area A includes all urban areas with municipalities and the rest fall under Area B.

Similar increases will be enacted in Area B, where workers who work 27 ordinary hours a week or less will now earn a minimum of R8.33 per hour, a weekly minimum of R224.90 and a minimum monthly rate of R974.49, Boikanyo said.


In Area B, where workers work more than 27 hours a week the minimum hourly rate will be R7.06, while the weekly minimum rate will be R317.62 and the monthly rate will rise to R1 376.25.

Oliphant has appealed to employers to be fair to domestic workers as they are an integral part of the economy.