Domestic workers in South Africa are paid almost five times less than in the United Kingdom

Information about wages of domestic workers and cleaners in the South Africa and all over the world. Compare the salary of domestic workers and cleaners in South Africa with salaries in Tanzania, Kenya, United States, United Kingdom, India, Russia and many more.

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The MyWage team checked the earnings of domestic workers and cleaners over the world.

According to the survey, a fulltime working domestic worker or cleaner in South Africa gets $2.74 gross per hour and $2.36 net per hour. In the UK, workers earn almost five times more ($13.6 gross per hour). And while there are big differences in the wages of nurses in Russia and South Africa, domestic workers earnings are almost the same. Russian domestic workers are paid $0.18 less than workers in South Africa.

Denmark took first place in the list of highest domestic workers’ wages, Tanzania the last place with only $0.68 gross per hour.

An average domestic worker or cleaner in South Africa can buy 0.7 of a Big Mac per hour of work. It is more than in all the Eastern countries analyzed, but still much less than in Europe. Danish workers can afford 2.7 Big Macs per hour, and in the UK they can buy 2.4 Big Macs.

 

Country Median hourly wage in $ adjusted by PPP Median hourly wage in South African rands

Big Macs per hour of work

Gross Net Gross Net
South Africa 2.74 2.36 15.12 13.10 0.7
Kenya 0.8 0.7 3.93 3.12  
Tanzania 0.68 0.68 2.02 2.02  
Denmark 14.32 9.61 168.38 113.06 2.7
Germany 10.34 7.77 87.26 65.50 1.9
Finland 10.16 7.88 100.67 77.99 2.2
Netherlands 13.18 10.11 114.07 87.47 2.5
Spain 8.12 6.36 61.87 48.47 1.4
United Kingdom 13.6 8.78 118.40 76.48 2.4
Czech Republic 5.62 4.21
30.23
22.37 0.8
Argentina 4.55 3.98 24.18 21.16 0.6
Brazil 2.2 1.79 16.83 13.70 0.3
Chile 3 2.54 20.86 17.63 0.5
Belarus 2.36 2.03 8.06 6.85  
Kazakhstan 2.66 2.14 18.84 15.12  
Ukraine 2.26 1.87 10.08 8.57 0.5
Russia 2.56 1.93 15.52 11.69 0.6
China 1.81 1.7 10.08 9.37 0.5
India 2.09 1.78 6.25 5.34 0.4
Indonesia 0.79 0.65 4.84 4.13 0.2

Vietnam

1.66 1.58 6.05 5.74  

 

  • Source: Wage Indicator 2010-2012; IMF World Economic Outlook Database (April 2012); The Economist (January  2012)
  • Global Wage Comparison is based on a sample of 3667 respondents, who participated in theWage Indicator survey. For South Africa respondents come through the Mywage.co.za Survey. Period:  May 2010 - May 2012.
  • Statistics are reported for countries with at least 10 observations. The  "Big Macs per hour of work" information is only available  for countries with published Big Mac index.
  • Exchange rates valid on 30 July 2012 were used for wages in South African rands. .

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