Minimum wage for domestic workers set

17 Dec 2014 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 17 DEC (NAMPA) - Domestic workers will from next April earn no less than N.dollars 7.02 per hour, the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare announced on Wednesday.
Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Alpheus Muheua said during a media conference here that domestic workers should not be paid less than N.dollars 56.21 per day, N.dollars 281.09 per week or N.dollars 1 218 per month.
If such employees perform work longer than the hours they are supposed to, they should be paid N.dollars 10.53 per hour, and N.dollars 14.04 per hour on Sundays and public holidays.
It comes into effect on 01 April next year.
This is the first time that the Namibian government has set a minimum wage for the sector, following an investigation by the Wages Commission.
These newly-introduced minimum wages for domestic workers are contained in a Wage Order Report setting out the minimum conditions of employment for domestic workers in Namibia, and will be Gazetted on 24 December 2014 by the Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Doreen Sioka.
The mandatory minimum wages shall be increased to an amount equivalent to the increase in the consumer price index plus five per cent on 01 April 2016, and must be reviewed after the second increase.
Muheua said the minimum wage for domestic workers can help reduce income inequality in the country.
“We cannot say today that we have achieved a living wage to enable the domestic workers to enjoy a decent standard of living. This is a beginning.
The minimum wage can further contribute to the improvement of the health, education and well-being of the families of the domestic workers, especially their children,” he explained.
Namibia is home to approximately 46 000 domestic workers of whom approximately 12 000 are employed on farms.
This number also includes unpaid family members assisting with domestic work.
Approximately 71 per cent of the country's domestic workers are women.
Namibia's domestic workers include housekeepers, nannies, drivers, cooks, cleaners and gardeners.