2024 National minimum wage increase

2024 National minimum wage increase

Business, Human Resources, Payroll / eTorQue

There has been a recent development in labour regulations that may impact your operations. In the Gazette published on the 2nd February 2024, the Labour Minister announced an adjustment to the national minimum wage, which will come into effect on the 1st March 2024.

The new minimum wage is set at R27.58 per ordinary hour worked, reflecting an 8.5% increase from the 2023 minimum wage of R25.42.

Here are the specific changes for different categories of workers:

  • Farm workers: R27.58 per hour
  • Domestic workers: R27.58 per hour
  • Workers on an expanded public works programme: R15.16 per hour

It is essential to note that, according to the law, any unilateral alterations to hours of work or other conditions of employment in implementing the national minimum wage are considered unfair labour practices.

Furthermore, the national minimum wage covers only ordinary hours of work and excludes allowances (such as transport, tools, food or accommodation), payments in kind (board or lodging), tips, bonuses and gifts.

We urge all our clients to take note of these changes and make the necessary adjustments within your organisations.

For any additional information or clarification, please feel free to contact our HR department, who will be more than willing to assist you.

View the Gazette here: National Minimum Wage Increase 2024