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A new wages structure for the Domestic Workers Sector has been approved by the Minister of Labour. This increase in the sectoral determination minimum wage will take effect from the 1st December 2014 and continue until the 30th November 2015. The department is in the process of reviewing whether future minimum wage increases should still be based on the consumer price index (CPI); issues of leave provisions (annual, sick, family responsibility, maternity, paternity etc); and other related matters. This with debate on the possibility of introducing a national minimum wage in South Africa.

The following is the new wage rates;

Domestic workers who work more than 27 ordinary hours per week as follows:

Area A (Major metropolitan areas) – Monthly Rate = R2065.47, Weekly Rate = R476.68, Hourly Rate = R10.95

Area B (Rural – areas not listed in A) – Monthly Rate = R1812.57, Weekly Rate = R418.32, Hourly Rate = R9.30

Domestic workers who work less than 27 ordinary hours per week as follows:

Area A (Major metropolitan areas) – Monthly Rate = R1450.33, Weekly Rate = R334.74, Hourly Rate = R12.40

Area B (Rural – areas not listed in A) – Monthly Rate = R1284.09, Weekly Rate = R296.35, Hourly Rate = R10.98