History has it that the movement for minimum wages was first demanded by workers in sweatshops as they were exploited by their employees.
Since then, the minimum wage has been seen as a way to help lower-income families; as modern national laws now capture and enforce the prescribed agreed amount between labor unions and the government.
The first-ever passed minimum wage was in New Zealand and Australia in the 1890s.
In South Africa today, the minimum wage is R20 (which is $1.37 USD)
This latest increase was signed into law in 2018 by the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa which took effect on January 1st, 2019.
What is the National Minimum Wage in South Africa
The National Minimum Wage in South Africa is set at R20 per hour.
The main purpose of the Minimum wage is to protect workers against unduly low pay by employee’s thereby reducing inequality and poverty in society.
What is the minimum wage for construction workers in South Africa
The Minimum wage for construction workers in South Africa who works as part of a team on a construction site (such as for a building, home, or other structure) is R20 (which is $1.37 USD). The reason has been that construction workers may work long days, weekends, and holidays, depending on the job deadline.
What is the Minimum Wage for Domestic Workers In South Africa
In South Africa, an average domestic worker earns 75 percent of the new national minimum wage which is R20 per hour. 75 percent mathematical is R15 per hour.
Is Lunch Break Part of the Minimum Wage
Lunch break in South Africa is unpaid and not part of the Minimum Wage as it is usually 1 hour or can be reduced to 30 minutes depending on the organization or agreement between the worker and the employee.
How to Calculate Hours Worked in South Africa?
It is simple, the average working hours/days are calculated by multiplying the hours per day by working days per week multiplied by 52 weeks in a year divided by 12 months which equals to the average number of working hours per month.