The National Minimum Wage (NMW) will increase from R20.76 to R21.69. This is an increase of 4.5% and it takes effect on 01 March 2021.
The NMW, which was published on Monday 8 February 2021, also provides increases for other workers as follows:
Farmworkers are entitled to a minimum wage of R21.69 per hour. Farmworkers wages equal the national minimum wage, with a 16% increase from R18.68 to R21.69.
The minimum wage for domestic workers is still below the national wage. Domestic workers will get R19.09 per hour from R15.57 per hour, a 23% increase.
Public works programme
Workers employed on an expanded public works programme are entitled to a minimum wage of R11.93 per hour.
Learnership allowances, contract cleaning and the wholesale and retail sectoral determinations also increased.
The earnings threshold
The earnings/remuneration threshold will increase from R205,433.30 to R211,596.30. This is a 3% increase and will affect various working time arrangements in the Basic Conditions and Employment Act such as overtime, and some provisions of the Labour Relations Act.