Outrage over domestic worker advert

There has been outrage all over social media regarding a twitter post of an advert looking to have a domestic worker vacancy filled. The advert reads as follows:

Transcript of social post

Wanted Part-time domestic worker

25 hours per week (Monday – Friday; 2pm – 7pm)

Duties:

  • Cleaning
  • Basic cooking
  • Looking after 5 years old boy

The applicant should have the following:

  • Experience with children
  • Valid work permit if not South African
  • Preferably live locally or on Atlantic seaboard

The remuneration for all these is R1500 per month including UIF and one week paid leave

The negative reception was tightly linked to the perception that those who live in the Camps Bay and or Atlantic Seaboard areas of Cape Town are living in a highly affluent part of the city.

The Department of Labour Government Gazette meanwhile states minimum wage guidelines for domestic workers working in major metropolitan areas. These should be at an hourly rate of R10.95, or a weekly rate of R476.68 or a monthly rate of R2,065.47. These minimum wage standards were released by Labour Minister Mildred Nelisiwe Oliphant in 2014. As of the 01st of December 2014, all employers have been expected to comply by these minimum standards.

Cape Talk's Kieno Kammies spoke to Kate Shuttleworth CEO of Marvellous Maids to get insight on this matter.

Shuttleworth has noted the desperate need for jobs currently, adding that the vacancy might end up being filled:

Somebody will take the job because she needs the job and she needs the money, but that is certainly not enough to sustain her and her family.

Shuttleworth adds that for all the duties mentioned, she would recommend a monthly salary of R3500 and nothing less.

Considering that the domestic worker in the question would be knocking off at 7pm, Shuttleworth further suggests that the worker's transport be paid as well. On face value, Shuttleworth further emphasises that this qualifies as a full-time rather than a part time job offer.

Meanwhile, "Shirley" was unreachable as the number provided rang with no response.


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