That is what the typical employee will get paid in South Africa proper now

Statistics South Africa has printed the newest Quarterly Employment Survey (QES) up till September 2021, exhibiting what employees are getting paid throughout the varied sectors within the nation.

In keeping with the information, the typical month-to-month earnings paid to workers within the formal non-agricultural sector elevated by 1.6% quarter-on-quarter, from R23,681 in Might 2021 to R24,051 in August 2021.

Primary wage/wages paid to workers elevated by R21.7 billion (3.3%) from R659.8 billion in June 2021 to R681.5 billion in September 2021.  This was largely as a consequence of will increase within the following industries:

  • Neighborhood companies;
  • Mining;
  • Enterprise companies;
  • Development;
  • Manufacturing;
  • Transport.

Yr-on-year, primary wage/wages elevated by R49.7 billion (7.9%) between September 2020 and September 2021. Bonus and extra time paid to workers elevated by R4.2 billion or (6.9%) from R61.1 billion in June 2021 to R65.3 billion in September 2021.


Complete employment elevated by 52,000 (0.5%) quarter-on-quarter, from 9,568,000 in June 2021 to 9,620,000 in September 2021.  This was largely as a consequence of will increase in the neighborhood companies (63,000), mining (7,000) and transport (1,000) industries.

The electrical energy business reported no quarterly change. Nonetheless, there have been decreases within the commerce (-13,000), enterprise companies (-3,000), manufacturing (-2,000) and development (-1,000) industries.

Take-home pay 

The newest wage knowledge from BankservAfrica’s Take-home Pay Index exhibits that the typical wage paid to workers, after-tax, is R15,042.

In keeping with the index knowledge, South Africa’s take-home pay has stayed between R12,000 – R13,150 during the last 25 months, indicating salaries within the formal sector haven’t modified drastically over time.

Within the final 4 months, the everyday pay has remained beneath R11,000. Moreover, the actual typical pay in October 2021 mirrored the very best decline since 2018.

This pattern suggests South Africa has misplaced many high-salary jobs and that salaries for top earners within the civil service or non-public sector industries haven’t adjusted for the inflation will increase.

“We count on this pattern to reverse from November 2021 to January 2022 when the seasonal bonuses are paid. However, we might want to wait effectively into the brand new 12 months to see if this displays within the knowledge,” stated Mike Schüssler, chief economist at

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