Hospitality wages set to increase tomorrow
30 June 2010
Tomorrow (Thursday, 1 July) will see salaries of workers in the hospitality industry increase through the Department of Labour’s annual adjustment of the sector’s minimum wages.
Through the revised hospitality sectoral determination, employers whose establishments have more than ten workers are expected to pay a minimum wage of R2 209 per month and an hourly rate of R11,33 cents.
Hospitality workers who are ten or less under their employ must take home a minimum increase of R1 981,48 cents per month and R10,17 cents per hour.
According to the sectoral determination, which came into effect in July 2007, workers paid on a commission (not tips) basis should at least earn the minimum wage over and above that and gratuities (tips) should not form part of the minimum wage.
The legislation also stipulates that workers should work no more than 45 hours a week, and should not work more than nine hours a day if they work a five-day week, or more than eight hours a day if they work for more than five days a week.
Sunday work in the sector should be paid either at 1.5 or double the ordinary rate depending on whether the employee ordinarily works on a Sunday or not as outlined in the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.