The Functions Of The National Minimum Wage Commission


​​​​​​​​​The National Minimum Wage Commission was established by section 8 of the National Minimum Wages Act​​ 9 of 2018 which took effect on 1 January 2019.

The National Minimum Wage Commission Act

The purpose of the act is:

  • To provide for a national minimum wage;
  • to establish the National Minimum Wage Commission;
  • to provide for the composition and functions of the National Minimum Wage Commission;
  • to provide for the review and annual adjustment of the national minimum wage;
  • to provide for exemption from paying the national minimum wage;
  • and to provide for matters connected therewith.

View the ​​​​​​​​​The National Minimum Wage Commission Act here.

The functions of the National Minimum Wage Commission

  • review the national minimum wage and recommend adjustments​;
  • investigate and report annually to the Minister on the impact​ of the national minimum wage on the economy, collective bargaining and the reduction in income differentials and make such information available to the public;
  • investigate income differentials and recommend benchmarks for proportion- ate income differentials;
  • set medium term targets for the national minimum wage within three years of the commencement of this Act; and
  • advise the Minister on measures to reduce income differentials or any other matter on which the Minister requests the Commission’s advice;
  • advise the Minister on sectoral determinations​;
  • advise the Minister on any matter concerning basic conditions of employment; and
  • perform any such function as may be required of the Commission in terms of any other employment law.

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