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Minimum wages

I am looking to employ a farm worker and I don’t know how much I should be paying him. If he will be working full-time, what is the minimum wage I should be paying him?

The Department of Labour recently released a new minimum wage requirement for workers in the farming and forestry industry. This minimum wage requirement, which sees an increase of about 5.6%, is for the period of 1 March 2018 to 28 February 2019.

This minimum wage is dependent on a 9-hour shift, with the hourly rate being R16,25. This is an increase from the previous R15,39. The required monthly wage for a full-time worker is expected to be R3169,19. The Congress of South African Trade Unions, which looks after the rights of workers, will ensure that these minimum wages are met by each employer.

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