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National Minimum Wage Increase 2023

The National Minimum Wage Increased By 9.6% For 2023/2024

According to Government Gazette No 48094 dated 21 February 2023, the National Minimum Wage will be adjusted from 1 March 2023. The increase will be 9.6%.  

The new minimum wage will be R25.42 per hour (up from R23.19). 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 each ordinary hour of work. They also do not determine a minimum number of hours to be worked per month. 

The National Minimum Wage applies to all workers: farm workers, domestic workers, permanent, fixed-term, casual or temporary workers. 

The Contract Cleaning and Wholesale and Retail Sectors have different schedules for the minimum wage. These can be found in the full gazette notice. 

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 minimum wage can apply for an exemption. The “prescribed form” to apply for an exemption please complete the online process here

If you would like to read the full gazette notice, please click here.

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