National Minimum Wage


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Have a say on adjustments to the National Minimum Wage

2557 comments delivered to parliament (closed 8 September 2023)

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The National Minimum Wage Commission invites comments concerning possible adjustments to the national minimum wage for 2024.

    • These representations will be considered by the Commission before it publishes its annual report and recommendations on the annual review of the national minimum wage later in the year.
    • The NMW Act of 2018 enjoins the NMW Commission to annually review rates and make recommendations to Employment and Labour Minister on any adjustment of the National Minimum Wage, while also reflecting on alternative views, including those of the public.

In considering the annual adjustment, the NMW Commission takes into account the following factors: inflation, the cost of living, and the need to retain the value of the minimum wage; gross domestic product; wage levels and collective bargaining outcomes; productivity; ability of employers to carry on their businesses successfully; the operation of small, medium or micro-enterprises and new enterprises; likely impact of the recommendation adjustment on employment or the creation of employment.

The National Minimum Wage is currently R25,42 an hour. What should it be?
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    Notice from the National Minimum Wage Commission

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    Previous increase – 3 March 2023
    A new minimum wage has been gazetted. As of Wednesday this week, South African workers are now entitled to the minimum hourly rate of R25.42. Saftu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says this is an insult to workers.