1 January 2019: New national minimum wage

No employee may earn less than R20 per hour from 01 January 2019.

President Ramaphosa has said that R20 was not a living wage but it was a reasonable beginning, and that there had to be a balance between improving the income of South Africa’s lowest-paid workers and the need to increase employment levels in the country. He hoped the wage would act as an instrument of economic stimulus. The minimum wage is a step to deal with inequality.

• All employees: R20 per hour minimum.
• Agricultural workers: R18 per hour.
• Domestic Workers: R15 per hour.
• Expanded Public Works workers: R11 per hour.  
• Minimum wages set by sectoral determinations and collective agreements fall away if these are below R20.
• R20 per hour EXCLUDES all other payments, including any payment enabling an employee to work (transport, food, equipment, food, accommodation, etc), payment in kind, gratuities (Bonuses, tips, gifts, etc) or any other kind of payment.

The minimum wage is reviewed annually.

Unfair Labour Practise
The definition of an Unfair Labour Practise includes unilaterally changing hours of work, wages or other conditions of employment in anticipation of the minimum wage, with the maximum compensation in a dispute being 12 months remuneration.

Disputes will be dealt with by the CCMA.

Learnerships have a separate minimum wage from R301.01 to R1 755.84 per week depending on the level and units.

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