New minimum wage rate for farmworkers

The Department of Employment and Labour has announced the new rate for the National Minimum Wage.

From now, the new minimum rate for each ordinary hour worked will be R20.76.

In terms of a notice published in the Government Gazette and signed by Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi, the new rate will be applicable as of 1 March 2020.

The new amendment is in line with the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, which allows for an annual review. 

The statement released by the department says that In terms of the new determination, farmworkers are entitled to a minimum wage of R18.68 per hour while domestic workers are entitled to a minimum wage of R15.57 per hour.

Workers employed on an expanded public works programme will receive a minimum wage of R11.42 per hour.

The National Minimum Wage is the floor level below which no employee should be paid, and this does not include any other allowances.

It came into effect on January 01, 2019 at a rate of R20 per hour.

The new rate is applicable to all workers – that is – any person who works for another person and who receives or is entitled to receive any payment for that work.

For workers who still earn below the minimum wage level, legislation provided for a transition until all employers are subjected to the NMW

New minimum wage rate for farmworkers
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