Here’s how much money cashiers, trolley collectors and other shop workers are paid in South Africa

Employment and Labour minister Thulas Nxesi has published a new gazette outlining the sectoral determinations for workers in South Africa’s wholesale and retail sectors.

The changes take effect from 1 March 2021 alongside recent changes to South Africa’s minimum wage.

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 with what part of South Africa they are based in.

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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.

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 R4 229.22 R4 229.22
Security guard R4 229.22 R4 229.22
Forklift operator R4 229.22 R4 229.22
Merchandiser/Shop Assistant/Checker/Deli Assistant R4 229.22 R4 229.22
Cashier R4 679.64 R4 229.22
Clerk/Sales Assistant R5 508.33 R4 853.18
Displayer R5 718.91 R4 693.29
Supervisor R6 773.78 R5 890.50
Trainee manager R7 317.79 R6 296.07
Assistant manager R7 965.14 R6 935.62
Manager R8 735.33 R7 520.57

Nxesi also published the new minimum wage for South Africa.

In a gazette published on Monday evening (8 February), the minister said that the national minimum wage is now R21.69 for each ordinary hour. This change will take effect from 1 March 2021.

The gazette also provides exceptions for a number of worker groups

  • Farmworkers are entitled to a minimum wage of R21.69 per hour;
  • Domestic workers are entitled to a minimum wage of R19.09 per hour;
  • Workers employed on an expanded public works programme are entitled to a minimum wage of R11.93 per hour.

The National Minimum Wage Act was first proclaimed in 2018, setting a historic precedent in the protection of low-earning (vulnerable) workers in South Africa and provided a platform for reducing inequality and huge disparities in income in the national labour market.


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Here’s how much money cashiers, trolley collectors and other shop workers are paid in South Africa