The National Minimum Wage Increased By 21.5% For Domestic Workers For 2022/2023
According to Government Gazette No 45882 dated 7 February 2022, the National Minimum Wage will be adjusted from 1 March 2022. The increase will be 6.9%. Domestic workers have now been phased into the full minimum wage. Therefore, the increase for domestic workers will be 21.5%.
Besides house workers, domestic workers include gardeners, drivers and caregivers, those people who look after children, the aged, sick, frail and disabled, in a private household.
The new minimum wage will be R23.19 per hour (up from R21.69). Neither the National Minimum Wage Act, 2018 nor the relevant Proclamations provide for a minimum weekly or monthly wage, just a minimum hourly rate for ordinary hours of work per week. They also do not determine a minimum number of hours to be worked per month.
The National Minimum Wage applies to all workers: permanent, fixed-term, casual or temporary.
Employers who provide accommodation and food to their employees are entitled to deduct 10% each for accommodation and food, as long as the accommodation meets the required criteria, and the total value of the food is not less than the amount of the deduction.
Employers who cannot afford the new minimum wage are entitled to apply for an exemption. The “prescribed form” to apply for an exemption is an online process. Apply online here