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Shirley Combe has a wide understanding of what is required in the HR & Payroll Administration field. Having more than 30 years experience in the above field, also having been employed by one of South Africa’s leading HR & Payroll software companies.

She started Pay Solutions 10 years ago and the company is going from strength to strength, having six employees who process many payrolls varying from two or three employees on a payroll to several hundred.

Salary vs wages

These two terms are sometimes used interchangeably, but should be used correctly so that there is no confusion about expectations.

A salary is a set amount that one would earn in a month or year, for a job description, but not necessarily for performing continuously during that time.  For example, you might take 3 weeks off in a month and still be paid the full salary and benefits.

On the other hand, a wage is a payment for a much smaller unit of time, perhaps an hour, a day or a week.  In this case, if you don’t work, you don’t get paid at all.