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What is the minimum wage for domestic workers and nannies?
Here are the latest minimum rates for domestic workers for period 1 December 2016 to 30 November 2017, as announced by the Department of Labour.

Let's be clear: the minimum wage is the very, very bare minimum. It only covers you legally. Morally, it's dangerously low. Do the maths: who can live on such a low income? How much is her travelling costs? 

Not only should we, who entrust our children's care to nannies, pay them a fair living wage, but we should be adding decent benefits too, like you would expect at a job you'd apply for. Travel costs and a healthy lunches are a must.

And don't forget to draw up a contract and pay UIF for each worker (nanny, gardener, cleaner) – it's the law.

Read: Are you paying your domestic worker enough?

To work out the minimum wage, you have to factor in whether the nanny works full- or part-time, and whether you live in a major metro.

Minimum wages for domestic workers who work more than 27 ordinary hours per week:

Area A: major metropolitan areas*

  • Hourly rate :   R12.42
  • Weekly rate:   R559.09
  • Monthly rate:  R2422.54

Those not covered in Area A

  • Hourly rate :   R11.13
  • Weekly rate:   R508.93 
  • Monthly rate:  R2205.17 

Minimum wages for domestic workers who work 27 ordinary hours per week or less:

Area A: major metropolitan areas*

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