This is how much money security guards get paid in South Africa

The new private security prescribed minimum wages will kick-in from 1 October 2018 the Department of Labour announced on Monday (17 September).

The current prescribed minimum wages in the sector expired on 31 August 2018, however, this was delayed due to a pending collective agreement.

Workers in the Private Security are demanding a minimum wage of R7,500 and are threatening a strike if their wish is not granted.

According to the department, some of the matters raised by workers in the Private Sector were: continued payment of “pittance wages”, non-existence of Provident Fund benefits, the insourcing of security services and elimination of middleman, and the employment of illegal foreigners.

The workers also called for amendments of conditions of employment, demanding an increase in leave days, an end to intimidation of workers wanting to join trade unions, adherence to health and safety issues, and a review of night shift allowance.

Although the sector recently registered at the Bargaining Council they have not concluded a collective agreement, the department said, adding that the current sectoral determination will still be enforced.

According to the department, the current minimum wage increases for all other categories (e.g. clerical staff, artisans, control centre operators, drivers, general workers etc.) of employees including Grade A and B security officers, have been determined by utilizing the consumer price index (CPI) plus 1% as stated in the Sectoral Determination which totals to 6.4%.


New wage

Private officers are paid according to the roles and responsibilities they have.  Guards are therefore graded between A and E based on the the type of duty they perform.

Grade Function
Grade A Primary function would normally be a site manager or commander. Controlling and managing a number of functions. Managing the security workforce. Conducting risk assessments and evaluations on site daily. Basic investigative skills. Problem solving. Designing security solutions.
Grade B Primary function is access control in high-risk areas where documentation and basic computer skills might be required. A site or shift commander. Managing of lower grade security officers. Possible inspector doing site visits.
Grade C Primary function is access control of a higher risk area and supervision of lower grade security officers
Grade D & E Primary function is access control, or patrol officers

The rate of pay differs across South Africa in the following brackets:

Area Covers
Area 1 Alberton, Bellville, Benoni, Boksburg, Bloemfontein, Brakpan, Camperdown, Chatsworth, Durban, East London, Germiston, Goodwood, Inanda, Johannesburg, Kempton Park, Kimberley, Klerksdorp, Krugersdorp, Kuils River, Mitchell’s Plain, Nigel, Oberholzer, Paarl, Pietermaritzburg, Pinetown, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, Randburg, Randfontein, Roodepoort, Sasolburg, Simon’s Town, Somerset West, Springs, Stellenbosch, Strand, The Cape, Uitenhage, Vanderbijlpark, Vereeniging, Westonaria, Wonderboom and Wynberg
Area 2 All other areas

The monthly revised pay is as follows:

Security Officer Area 1 Area 2
Grade A R5 209 R4 323
Grade B R4 668 R3 934
Grade C R4 102 R3 414
Grade D & E R4 102 R3 414

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