Pay increase for SECURITY OFfiCERS
The long-awaited new private security prescribed minimum wages kicked-in on 01 October 2018, the Department of Labour announced. The previous prescribed minimum wages in the sector expired on 31 August 2018, with the new sectoral determination supposed to start on 01 September 2018. However, this was delayed due to a pending collective agreement.
Although the sector recently registered at the Bargaining Council, they have not concluded a collective agreement, the department said, adding that the current sectoral determination will still be enforced.
According to the department, the current minimum wage increases for all other categories (e.g. Clerical staff, artisans, control centre operators, drivers, general workers etc.) of employees including Grade A and B security officers, have been determined by utilizing the consumer price index (CPI) plus 1% as stated in the Sectoral Determination which totals to 6.4%.
Grade C, D and E is predetermined rates as per Private Security Sectoral Determination published in the Government Gazette no: 39156 dated 1 September 2015 which was signed as part of the threeyear minimum wage determination.
The new minimum wage for security officers in Area A which constitutes major metropolitan areas will be R5 209 (2016: R4 896), Grade B is R4 668 (2016: R4 387 and Grade C is R4 102 (2016: R3 797) and D and E is R4 102 (2016: R3 792).
While the new minimum wage for security officers in Area 2 (all other areas) for Grade A will be R4 323, Grade B is R3 934 and Grade C, D and E is R3 414.
Area A includes major metropolitan areas such as: Alberton, Bellville, Benoni, Boksburg, Bloemfontein, Brakpan, Camperdown, Chatsworth, Durban, East London, Germiston, Goodwood, Inanda, Johannesburg, Kempton Park, Kimberley, Klerksdorp, Kuils River, Mitchell’s Plain, Nigel, Oberholzer, Paarl, Pietermaritzburg, Pinetown, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, Randburg, Randfontein, Roodepoort, Sasolburg, Simon’s Town, Somerset West, Springs, Stellenbosch, Strand, The Cape, Uitenhage, Vanderbijlpark, Vereeniging, Westonaria, Wonderboom, and Wynberg.
The announcement was made at the end of the Private Security public hearing held in Kimberley, Northern Cape which is reviewing the current prescribed minimum wages and conditions of employment for the Private Security Sector.
Labour Deputy Director for Employment Standards, Shaun Feldman, told the hearing that workers and employers in the industry need to make their inputs before the promulgation of the new sectoral determination. Feldman cautioned that the current review comes on the back of tough economic conditions amidst a recession.
He said the Bargaining Forum had proposed a 6.7% increase in the new minimum wage determination.
The Private Security Sectoral determination applies to every employer and employee in the sector including car guards.
Private Security Sector includes employers and employees associated for the purpose of guarding or protecting: fixed property, premises, goods, persons or employees, in including monitoring and responding to alarms at premises which are guarded by electronic means.
The rates are determined by areas where duty is performed.
Workers in the Private Security are demanding a minimum wage of R7 500.
The City of Johannesburg is committed to providing skills development opportunities, not only for its employees, but also for the youth of Johannesburg. This commitment is supported by the City’s approved training and development policy, which makes provision for a bursary scheme as a strategic mechanism to help students who intend to pursue academic studies at recognised tertiary institutions in South Africa.
The scheme funds undergraduate studies to the tune of R25 000 a year.
In a statement the City says, “we understand and fully appreciate the challenges that young people face when they want to enroll for a degree or diploma at institutions of higher learning.
“This is compounded by high rates of unemployment in the country as a whole. Many of our residents, especially our youth, have to bear this on a daily basis. On our part, the City is offering 100 bursaries for the 2019 academic year.
“This will help our youth to upgrade their skills and improve their prospects for employment. “While these spaces are limited, we encourage every young person to apply.
“This year’s bursary applications opened on Tuesday, 25 September and will close on Friday, 12 October 2018. Forms can also be collected from the Metro Centre in Braamfontein, downloaded from the City’s website www.joburg.org. za, City’s Facebook/Twitter pages and the University of Johannesburg portal.
“Preference will be given to South African citizens, who permanently reside in Johannesburg and intend to pursue full-time undergraduate studies in one of the following fields: Sciences, Finance, Engineering and Management.
The key criteria governing the award of the City’s bursary include:
· Academic merit;
· Confirmation of residence in Johannesburg; and
Financial need. ·