New National Minimum Wage effective 1 March 2022

The Employment and Labour Department announced in February 2022 that the National minimum Wage for each ordinary hour worked has increased from R21,69 to R23.19 per hour for the year 2022 with effect from 01 March 2022. They also equalised the minimum wage for all employees, including farm and domestic workers.

This announcement is in terms of Section 6 (5) of the NMW Act, No 9 of 2018, to amend the NMW contained in Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 of the National Minimum Act, published under Government Notice No. 44136.

The new rates as gazette:

  • 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.

Remember It is illegal and unfair labour practice for an employer to unilaterally change working hours or other employment conditions in order to implement the NMW. The NMW is the amount payable for ordinary hours of work and excludes payment of allowances.

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