Minimum Wages for Security Guards to Increase

30/08/2017: The Minimum Wages for Security Guards in South Africa are set to increase from 1 September 2017. The Minimum Wages will rise by an average of 6.4%. The new Minimum Wage Law will be valid until 31 August 2018.

Department of Labour spokesperson Teboho Thejane said: "The new Minimum Wages for security officers in Area A which constitutes major metropolitan areas will be R5, 209 (2016: R4, 896); Grade B is R4, 668 (2016: R4, 387 and; Grade C is R4, 102 (2016: R3, 797); D & E is R4, 102 (2016: R3, 792).

The new Minimum Wage Rate for security officers in Area 2 (all other areas) for Grade A will be R4, 323; Grade B is R3, 934 and; and Grade C, D & E is R3, 414."

Minimum Wage Law

Area A includes the major metropolitan areas like Alberton, Bellville, Benoni, Boksburg, Bloemfontein, Brakpan, Camperdown, Chatsworth, Durban, East London, Germiston, Goodwood, Inanda, Johannesburg, Kempton Park, Kimberley, Klerksdorp, Kuils River, Mitchell’s Plain, Nigel, Oberholzer, Paarl, Pietermaritzburg, Pinetown, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, Randburg, Randfontein, Roodepoort, Sasolburg, Simon’s Town, Somerset West, Springs, Stellenbosch, Strand, The Cape, Uitenhage, Vanderbijlpark, Vereeniging, Westonaria, Wonderboom, and Wynberg.  

"As part of the Minimum Wages adjustments Sectoral Determination various allowances relating to night shift, cleaning, special allowances and others are also expected to be increased," Thejane added.

The Sectoral Determination prescribes Minimum Wages, number of annual leave days, working hours, and termination rules.

According to the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (Psira), there are over 1.87 million registered security officers in South Africa – 490,000 of whom are classified as active. They would qualify for the new Minimum Wage Rate of 6.4% increase.

National Minimum Wage Rate

In 2009, the Basic Conditions of Employment Act was amended to include car guards under the Sectoral Determination for private security. Car guards fall within the category ’employees not elsewhere specified’, which means registered car guards earn between R2,933 and R3,534 a month, depending on the area they work in. Car guards, however, are subject to a “bay fee” – the daily cost a car guard must pay to agencies or managers of shopping malls to secure a certain space to guard at the specified location.Informal car guards are not covered by the regulations, and thus earn anywhere between R50 and R100 a day.

South Africa does not have a single National Minimum Wage, but rather separate rates according to different sectors.

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