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NMW South Africa 2019

The minimum wage goes up in South Africa

In 2019, the national minimum wage in South Africa remained fixed at 212.6 € per month, that is 2,551 euros per year, taking into account 12 payments per year.

If we look at the minimum salary in South African rands, which is the official currency in South Africa, we can see that, this year, it was 3,500 South African rands and accordingly, the national minimum wage has been raised 192.5 South African rands per month from the previous year, 5.82%. This increase is greater than the CPI of 2018 which was 4.4%, so workers have gained buying power in the last year.

If we look at the ranking of the national minimum wage that we publish, South Africa is in 65 nd place, so it is among the countries with the lowest minimum salary of the 100 of the list.

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) of a country is the minimum amount (lowest salary) per hour, per day, or per month that employers may legally pay to workers.

In the table that follows we show you the progression of the National Minimum Wage South Africa. You can see NMW in other countries in National Minimum Wage 2019 and see all the information about this country in South Africa economy.

South Africa - Minimum wages
DateNat. Curr. NMWNMWNMW
January 20193,500.0243.4 $212.6 €
December 2018249.9 $
January 20183,307.5267.3 $223.4 €
December 2017232.0 $
January 20173,090.5225.6 $213.8 €
December 2016195.2 $
January 20162,871.8185.7 $169.4 €
December 2015212.2 $
January 20152,707.3234.6 $192.9 €
December 2014228.8 $
January 20142,483.3236.8 $170.5 €
December 2013237.3 $
January 20132,290.8270.0 $205.0 €
December 2012260.7 $
January 20122,140.3265.0 $204.2 €
December 2011271.6 $
January 20111,972.3295.7 $222.5 €
December 2010260.5 $
January 20101,907.5259.1 $178.8 €
December 2009229.8 $
January 20091,947.0209.4 $149.0 €
December 2008210.3 $
January 20081,737.0253.2 $173.2 €
December 2007226.4 $
January 20071,595.0226.6 $173.1 €
December 2006222.3 $
January 20061,505.0237.8 $201.6 €
December 2005224.1 $
January 20051,425.0252.4 $185.3 €
December 2004202.8 $
January 20041,310.0195.5 $157.3 €
December 2003159.2 $
January 20031,204.0140.2 $133.6 €
South Africa - Minimum wages
South Africa - Minimum wages