That is the common wage in South Africa proper now – and what individuals really take dwelling after tax

Statistics South Africa has printed the newest Quarterly Employment Survey (QES) for Q1 2022 exhibiting what employees are getting paid throughout the varied sectors within the nation.

The info reveals the common month-to-month earnings paid to staff within the formal non-agricultural sector decreased by 1.4% from R23,828 in November 2021 to R23,502 in February 2022.

Complete gross earnings paid to staff decreased by R28.2 billion or -3,4% from R827.3 billion in December 2021 to R799.1 billion in March 2022. This was largely as a consequence of decreases locally companies, manufacturing, transport, commerce, development and electrical energy sectors.

Fundamental wage/wages paid to staff additionally decreased by R4.5 billion or -0,6% from R720.2 billion in December 2021 to R715.7 billion in March 2022. Time beyond regulation paid to staff decreased by R2 billion or -8,9% from R22.4 billion in December 2021 to R20.4 billion in March 2022

By comparability, the newest wage information from the BankservAfrica Take-home Pay Index reveals that the common wage paid to staff in March, after tax, is R14,969.

Whereas that is decrease than in earlier months, the drop might be partly to the truth that extra individuals are receiving salaries than final 12 months.

The annual development within the month-to-month estimate of employment numbers signifies the return of informal and weekly employees, and that a lot of the susceptible sectors within the Covid-19 pandemic, resembling tourism and leisure, are making a comeback. Extra companies are hiring individuals on the decrease finish of the wage scale for brand spanking new employment alternatives.

The pondering behind this stems from the odd motion between the growing variety of month-to-month paid staff regardless of the numerous common take-home pay declines.

Within the present financial context, we are able to deduce that this sample has emerged from the employment development inside a particular sector or the increasing pool of youthful, inexperienced staff within the total economic system, stated BankservAfrica.


The QES information displays the variety of individuals receiving salaries, and doesn’t replicate employment/unemployment developments, which is roofed by the Quarterly Labour Drive Survey.

The newest QLFS survey reveals that the official unemployment fee was 34.5% within the first quarter of 2022, from 35.3% within the prior reporting interval, recovering 0.8 of a share level.

The unemployment fee in response to the expanded definition of unemployment additionally decreased by 0.7 of a share level to 45.5 % in Q1:2022 in comparison with This autumn:2021, StatsSA stated.

The most important job positive factors have been recorded in group and social Companies (281,000), manufacturing (263,000) and commerce (98,000). Nonetheless, there have been job losses in personal households (186,000), finance (72,000), development (60,000) and agriculture (23,000).

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