This is the average salary in South Africa

StatsSA has published the latest Quarterly Employment Survey (QES) for Q4 2018, showing what workers are getting paid across the various sectors in the country.

According to the data, the average monthly earnings paid to employees in the formal non-agricultural sector remained unchanged quarter to quarter, however annually it increased by 4.9%.

The average worker gets paid R21,190 per month (down slightly from R21,192 recorded in August 2018), up from R20,193 in the same period in 2017.

This equates to approximately R254,300 per year.

Basic salary/wages paid to employees increased by R5.02 billion (0.8%) from R625.25 billion in September 2018 to R630.26 billion in December 2018.

The increase was mainly due to the increases in business services, trade, manufacturing, mining and quarrying, transport and electricity industries, StatsSA said.

There was a decrease reported by the community services and construction industries.

Bonus and overtime paid to employees increased by R34.9 billion (58.2%) from R60 billion in September 2018 to R94.9 billion in December 2018.

The increase was mainly due to the increases in trade, community services, manufacturing, construction, business services, transport and electricity industries.

Year-on-year, bonus and overtime increased by R10.2 billion 12.0%.

The table below outlines how the average salary for employees is broken down by sector, including salary and bonuses paid out over the quarter.

Employment data

Stats SA noted that employment increased by 134,000 or 1.5% year-on-year between December 2017 and December 2018.

These increases were reported by: business services (88,000 or 4.3%), trade (45,000 or 2.3%), community services (17,000 or 0.7%), manufacturing industry (5,000 or 0.4%) and transport industry (5,000 or 1.1%).

Part-time employment increased by 37,000 quarter-on-quarter, from 1,028,000 in September 2018 to 1,065,000 in December 2018.

South Africa’s unemployment rate for the quarter, as recorded in the Quarterly Labour Force Survey published in February, was at 27.1%.


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