Dear valued partner,
Thank you for collaborating with us to create over 133,000 quality work experiences. We understand that the YES salary is more than just a means of income. Our joint efforts to combat youth unemployment are crucial, as 53% of young people are currently without jobs in South Africa. 57% of YES Youth come from households that receive social grants, and 67% have dependents, meaning the impact of the YES salary ripples across families and communities. By placing young people in jobs and including them into the economy, we are helping to create a sustainable future for our country, companies and youth. Together, we have injected over R7 billion into the economy through youth wallets.
And now, this salary will be going much further, with the recent minimum wage increase, effective 01 March 2024.
Minimum wage update
An amendment to the Minimum Wage Act of 2018 has increased the national minimum wage from R25,42 per ordinary hour worked to R27,58. [see Government Gazette No. 50073].
But what does this wage increase mean for you?
Where a YES Youth works 40 ordinary hours per week, the YES Youth will need to be paid a minimum wage of R4 782,00 per month (before deductions).
- It’s an increase of R375,00 from the R4 407,00 that has been invoiced to you so far in your YES journey.
- Adding to this, The Skills Development Levy and Unemployment Insurance Fund company contribution will therefore also increase to a combined R95,64 per youth per month.
- This is calculated at 1% of R4 782,00 per month for each of UIF and SDL (R4 782,00 x 1% = R47,82) and brings the total increased wage cost to R4 877,64 per youth per month.
If your YES Youth wages are paid via YES, you will shortly be receiving an invoice from YES for the related minimum wage top-up contribution required.
Youth employment is now, more than ever, critical for the many families and communities an income supports. Thank you for your continued investment in our youth. Sowing the seeds today means that we can reap a better future tomorrow, together. Your investment in our future matters.
The YES Team