The Department of Labour has published a new notice outlining the minimum wages for workers in the wholesale and retail sectors.
The changes take effect retroactively from 2 August and will now remain in place until the national minimum wage is reviewed sometime in the next year, the department said.
These wages establish the minimum baseline across the sector and workers can earn significantly more based on their position and the company that they work for.
Workers are also paid in accordance to what part of South Africa they are based in:
|Area A||Areas around Bergrivier, Breede Valley, Buffalo City, Cape Agulhas, Cederberg, City of Cape Town, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, City of Tshwane, Drakenstein, Ekurhuleni, Emalahleni, Emfuleni, Ethekwini Metropolitan Unicity, Gamagara, George, Hibiscus Coast, Karoo Hoogland, Kgatelopele, //Khara Hais, Knysna, Kungwini, Kouga, Hessequa local authority, Lesedi, Makana, Mangaung, Matzikama, Metsimaholo, Middelburg (Mpumalanga), Midvaal, Mngeni, Mogale, Mosselbaai, Msunduzi, Mtubatuba, Nama Khoi, Nelson Mandela, Nokeng tsa Taemane, Oudtshoorn, Overstrand, Plettenbergbaai, Potchefstroom, Randfontein, Richtersveld, Saldanha Bay, Sol Plaatjie, Stellenbosch, Swartland, Swellendam, Theewaterskloof, Umdoni, uMhlathuze and Witzenberg.|
|Area B||All Areas not listed in Area A.|
While supermarkets remain some of the largest employers in South Africa, there is a growing gap between the highest and lowest-paid workers.
A recent analysis by BusinessTech found that the country’s top retail bosses earn an average of R70,780 a day (when accounting for bonuses and other benefits).
By comparison, the below table shows the monthly wages for workers in both Area A and Area B:
|Driver type||Area A||Area B|
|General assistant/Trolley collector||R3 899.70||R3 899.70|
|Security guard||R3 899.70||R3 899.70|
|Forklift operator||R3 899.70||R3 899.70|
|Merchandiser/Shop Assistant/Checker/Deli Assistant||R3 899.70||R3 899.70|
|Cashier||R4 314.24||R3 899.70|
|Clerk/Sales Assistant||R5 076.84||R4 475.76|
|Displayer||R5 271.77||R4 325.84|
|Supervisor||R6 244.30||R5 429.57|
|Trainee manager||R6 745.55||R5 805.45|
|Assistant manager||R7 343.21||R6 394.25|
|Manager||R8 052.25||R6 933.08|