Wages Running the numbers
Some extremely relevant numbers from the office of Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi, who has gazetted the new sectoral determinations for workers in South Africa’s wholesale and retail sectors. The country is divided into two types of area – A and B – according to relevant criteria; here are a couple of key positions and the remuneration they should attract according to the Minister:
Area A Area B
Trolley Collector R4,521.70 R4,521.70
Security Guard R4,521.70 R4,521.70
Cashier R5,003.32 R4,521.70
Sales Assistant R5,888.55 R5,188.55
Assistant Manager R8,514.99 R7,413.22
Manager R9,337.83 R8,039.22
According to Woolies, which has recently launched its Just Wage initiative to close the salary gap between workers and management, the retail minimum was around R28.25 an hour at the beginning of last year.
Comment: Some thought provoking figures. Income inequality is increasingly a flashpoint in many of the world’s economies, particularly our own.