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National Minimum Wage Adjusted

February 10, 2021

Department of Employment and Labour

The national minimum wage is now set at R21.69 per hour.

The employment and labour department published the adjusted minimum wages in Government Gazette 44136.

The adjustments were made in terms of section 6(5) of the National Minimum Wage Act.

The act, setting an initial minimum wage of R20 per hour, came into force on 1 January 2019.

Farm workers are also now entitled to a minimum wage of R21.69 per hour.

However, domestic workers will get R19.09 per hour, workers employed on an expanded public works programme R11.93 per hour and workers on learnership agreements are entitled to allowances set out in Schedule 2.

New contract cleaning and wholesale and retail sector minimum wages are also set down.

The adjusted wages apply from 1 March 2021.

Meanwhile, in Gazette 44137, the department published an earnings threshold determination in terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.

The employment and labour minister determined that employees earning in excess of R211 596.30 (two hundred and eleven thousand, five hundred and ninety-six rand, thirty cents) per annum be excluded from sections 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17(2) and 18(3) of the act with effect from 1 March 2021.

The sections fall under Chapter 2 of the act on regulation of working time.