New National Minimum Wage – 2024

New National Minimum Wage - 2024

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Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has announced a new National Minimum Wage (NMW) determination which will go up from R25,42 to R27,58 for each ordinary hour worked. The National Minimum Wage is the amount of pay that an employer is legally required to remunerate employees for work done. The amount does not include payment of allowances (such as transport, tools, food or accommodation) payments in kind (board or lodging), tips, bonuses, and gifts, among others.

The Act applies to all workers and their employers except members of the South African National Defence Force, the National Intelligence Agency, and the South African Secret Service.

Workers employed on an expanded public works programme are entitled to a minimum wage of R15,16 per hour, an increase from R13,97 previously. The schedule of learnerships, and sectoral determinations of the Contract Cleaning and Wholesale and Retail sector employees are published in schedule 2 of the Government Gazette.

The new National Minimum Wage will come into effect from 1 March 2024 and is the level below which no employee should be paid.

Please view/download the full Gazette here. 

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