The new rate for the National Minimum Wage (NMW) effective 1st March 2022

The new rate for the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for each ordinary hour worked will now be R23.19.

In terms of a notice as published in the Government Gazette and signed by Employment and Labour Minister, T.W Nxesi the new rate will be applicable on 03 February 2022.

As in previous years, the adjustment provides exceptions for several worker groups, including:

Farmworkers are entitled to a minimum wage of R23.19 per hour;
Domestic workers are entitled to a minimum wage of R23.19 per hour;
Workers employed on an expanded public works programme are entitled to a minimum wage of R12.75 per hour;
Workers who have concluded learnership agreements contemplated in section 17 of the Skills Development Act, 1998 (Act No 97 of 1998), are entitled to allowances contained in schedule 2.

The new amendment to the NMW is in line with the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, which allows for an annual review.

The actual areas can be found at www.labour.gov.za.

Working Hours Per Week

Domestic workers are allowed to work a maximum of 45 ordinary hours per week

–         Maximum of 9 hours per day if working for 5 days a week

–         Maximum of 8 hours per day if working more than 5 days a week

Overtime & Public Holidays

Overtime is payable when domestic workers work longer than the ordinary hours prescribed per day or per week.  Overtime is calculated at 1.5 times the hourly rate of pay. Sunday overtime is calculated at 2.0 times the hourly rate of pay. If domestic workers work on a public holiday, then they are entitled to an additional day’s pay.

Payment of Salary

Any payment can be in cash, by cheque or direct deposit into an account designated by an employee.  The payment must be given at the workplace, during working hours and in a sealed envelope, which becomes the property of the employee.  A payslip must be given at all times.

The employer must keep the payslips for three years.

Details on pay slip to include:

  • the employer’s name and address;
  • the domestic workers name and occupation;
  • the period in respect of which payment is made;
  • the domestic workers wage rate and overtime rate;
  • the number of ordinary hours worked by domestic workers during that period;
  • the number of overtime hours worked by domestic workers during that period;
  • the number of  hours worked by domestic workers on a public holiday or on a Sunday;
  • the domestic workers full wage;
  • details of any other pay arising out of the domestic workers employment;
  • details of any deductions made;
  • the actual amount paid to domestic workers.