The Living Wage Project


Hi! If you live in Hilton/Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, and are wondering what a good wage to pay your domestic worker is, you’ve come to the right place. So far, this is the most viewed page on my site, with over 3 000 views. Below are three blog posts that will help you learn what the cost of living in Sweetwaters is, and how to use that number to pay a living wage to your domestic worker. If you live elsewhere, the links below will still help you consider what factors should be included when paying a living wage. 

This link will take you to the post that has the monthly amount you should consider paying your domestic worker, based on the cost of living in Sweetwaters. It is based on focus-group research conducted in the area, and has links to both a detailed downloadable report (which shows the break-down of categories such as food, accommodation, transport etc), as well as an excel sheet so you can play with the numbers.

If you’re wondering what the definition of a “living wage” is, this link will explain it.

If you’re wondering why you should consider paying someone a living wage, this link has some good ideas.

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