2022 National Minimum Wage announced

2022 National Minimum Wage announced

Business, Human Resources, Legislation

In a gazette published on the 7th of February 2022, the labour minister, Thulas Nxesi, stated that the national minimum wage is now R23.19 for each ordinary hour worked. This change will take effect from the 1st of March 2022.

This represents an increase of 6.9% from the minimum wage of R21.69 set in 2021.

No specific worker groups have been provided exceptions, with the minimum wages for domestic workers and farmworkers now also set at R23.19 for each ordinary hour worked as part of a planned equalisation push. This represents a 21.5% increase for domestic workers.

In terms of the law, it is an unfair labour practice for an employer to unilaterally alter hours of work or other conditions of employment in implementing the national minimum wage.

The national minimum wage is the amount payable for the ordinary hours of work and does not include payment of allowances (such as transport, tools, food or accommodation) payments in kind (board or lodging), tips, bonuses and gifts.

We would like to urge all our clients to take note and make the necessary adjustments.

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