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Worst lowest paying jobs in South Africa #LabourBrokerMustFall
November 12, 2015 Career News
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Salaries in South Africa was the focus of a recent Wits School of Economic and Business Sciences report, which stated that a national minimum wage must be established in the country.

South Africa does not have a determined national minimum wage, rather sectoral minimum wages.

Currently, the average minimum wage across private-sector bargaining councils is R2,731, and R2,362 across all the sectoral determinations.

According to research by the CSID, though, the average monthly salary in South Africa is well above the aforementioned minimum wages – sitting at R8,669.

However, 50% of workers earn below R3,640 per month.

According to data collected by the Economists.co.za, the lowest monthly minimum wages set by the government are:

Lowest monthly minimum wages
Security GuardR1,805
Domestic WorkerR1,813
Taxi SectorR1,991
Forestry SectorR2,430
Wholesale and RetailR2,514

According to the same data, the lowest monthly minimum wages in the private sector are:

Lowest monthly minimum wages
Cosmetology and HairdressingR1,809
HospitalityR2,796
Metal and EngineeringR3,992
TransportR4,284
MiningR5,787

Skilled employees

While the jobs mentioned above hold the lowest minimum wages in SA, they do present opportunities for salary growth if an employee gains experience.

Skilled employees in the transport and logistics sector, for example, can earn between R10,000 and R40,000 per month – according to Career Junction’s latest Salary Review report.

Not all skilled employees earn tens of thousands a month, though, with certain “admin and support” positions paying experienced workers a salary of just over R5,000.

We looked at the salary ranges of jobs analysed in Career Junction’s latest report – finding the lowest-paying jobs for skilled employees in SA.

Lowest-paying jobs in SA
SectorPositionSalary range (Skilled)
Admin, Office and SupportTeller and CashierR5,651 – R6,489
Admin, Office and SupportReservation and Ticketing ClerkR6,909 – R8,283
SalesTelesales and TelemarketingR8,266 – R11,653
Admin, Office and SupportSwitchboard and ReceptionR8,316 – R10,552
Admin, Office and SupportData CapturingR8,851 – R10,261
Design, Media and ArtsTV/Video/Movie OperatorR9,061 – R14,916
Admin, Office and SupportMessenger and Postal ServiceR9,227 – R11,087
Admin, Office and SupportAdmin ClerkR9,245 – R12,583
Admin, Office and SupportClient and Customer SupportR9,677 – R11,411
SalesTravel AgentR9,700 – R13,587
Manufacturing and AssemblyPlant and Systems OperatorR9,770 – R15,167



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