Domestic workers aren't really earning a living wage, laments opinionista

Writer Georgina Guedes has encouraged South African households to pay domestic workers above the minimum wage.

Guedes has urged middle class homes not to exploit the minimum wage, but to instead sit with their domestic worker to understand their expenses and needs.

The minimum wage requirements for domestic workers in 2018 has been updated, but in reality it still doesn't cut it.

Guedes says families should take into account factors such as transport, food, health, shelter and basic necessities when calculating pay.

Read: How much should you be paying your domestic worker?

Money that we easily drop on groceries constitutes an entire domestic worker's living wage. That what someone has to support a family on. I couldn't do it.

Georgina Guedes, Freelance Writer

Domestic workers aren't really even earning a living wage.

Georgina Guedes, Freelance Writer

What does it cost?

The Minister of Labour updated the minimum wage requirements for domestic workers in both rural and urban areas across South Africa.

For domestic workers who work more than 27 hours per week:

They must be paid a minimum of R13.05 per hour; R587.40 per week or R2 545.22 per month.

For domestic workers who work under 27 hours per week:

They must be paid a minimum of R15.28 per hour; R412.60 per week or R1 787.80 per month.

The Labour Department has also stipulated the terms of working conditions including, length of lunch breaks, working shifts, annual leave rights and more.

Visit the Labour Department website for the full breakdown.

Take a listen to Georgina Guedes' insightful opinion:


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