The typical take-home pay in South Africa at first of 2022

The standard vacation cheer and festivities made a comeback over December 2021 as the most recent take-home pay information from BankservAfrica reveals extra part-time and non permanent staff have been employed in comparison with December 2020.

In line with the BankservAfrica Take-home Pay Index (BTPI) wage information for December, about two million extra wage funds have been made than within the prior yr.

The index recorded an increase within the common nominal take-home pay, which now sits at R15,542 – up 7.1% from R14,925 in November 2021. Actual take-home pay was up 1.6% at a mean of R12,463.

12 months on yr, nonetheless, in nominal phrases, take-home pay stays unchanged. In actual phrases – factoring in inflation – South African staff are poorer than a yr in the past, with take-home pay declining 5.2%, the index reveals.

Excellent news for the economic system

A 13% development within the variety of funds made to informal staff for the second consecutive month and the 5% year-on-year improve in weekly funds, reveals that staff in these classes contributed to the upper wage numbers, mentioned Shergeran Naidoo, BankservAfrica’s head of stakeholder engagements.

The part-time election officers overseeing the Municipal elections in November 2021 – and compensated in December 2021 – might have been one other contributor, he mentioned.

Mike Schüssler, chief economist at, mentioned that in the course of the Covid-19 disaster, the decline within the variety of informal staff mirrored the double-digit decline within the variety of weekly wages paid.

“Weekly and informal funds confirmed the worst declines for much longer – the estimated day by day funds weakened by double digits on 14 events within the final 25 months.”

These December numbers have led to the next common take-home pay determine. Nonetheless, the 5.9% inflation improve in December – the very best in almost 5 years – led to a 5.2% annual decline within the common actual take-home pay.

The actual (after inflation) take-home pay for December was R12,463 in comparison with R12,299 in November, BankservAfrica mentioned.

The November Municipal Election funds and the standard year-end bonus pay-outs noticed the overall take-home pay paid by way of BankservAfrica attain an astronomical R72.2 billion in December. That is by far the very best nominal quantity within the historical past of the take-home pay that BankservAfrica has ever recorded.

In actual phrases, the overall take-home pay paid to workers was nonetheless under the December 2017 and 2018 ranges however above December 2019 and 6.2% above December 2020. December 2021 was a extra regular December with informal funds rising nearer to the numbers seen in December 2018.

“We hope that the subsequent months will verify the return of lower-paid workers who have been challenged essentially the most in the course of the pandemic. If that pattern holds, it is going to point out that the employment influence from the pandemic is receding,” Schüssler mentioned.

File for the wealthy

December additionally recorded the very best variety of individuals paid salaries exceeding R100,000 – over 27,700 people. That is up by 16.6% on December 2020’s figures.

The over R100,000 whole quantity paid was R7.3 billion, which was additionally the very best on file.

The excessive numbers within the run-up to December present that a few of these funds have been for the standard top-end bonuses in December whereas some have been made to new pensioners. Nonetheless, a few of these might have additionally been pay-outs to these retrenched from giant firms in sectors that have been hit the toughest by Covid-19, BankservAfrica mentioned.

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