All businesses falling within the wholesale and retail sector will be obliged to adhere to the statutory increase to be affected as of the 1st of February 2018 until the 31st of January 2019 as per the published wage rates under sectoral determination 9.

The “wholesale and retail sector” means the sector in which employers and employees are mainly or wholly associated for the purpose of procuring products from any supplier or manufacturer for the purpose of sale to any person, whether on a wholesale or retail basis; and, in addition, includes –

  • any other activities engaged in by an employer in the wholesale and retail sector including, but not limited to, merchandising, warehousing or distribution operations that are incidental to, or supportive of, the employer’s enterprise; and
  • any other activity conducted by an employer whose core business falls within in the wholesale and retail sector on or at the premises where that business is conducted.


The applicable wage increases are separated into two areas, namely, Area A and Area B.


Area A:

“Metropolitan and local Municipality of Bergrivier, Breede Valley, Buffalo City, Cape Agulhas, Cederberg, City of Cape Town, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, City of Tshwane, Drakenstein, Ekurhuleni, Emalahleni, Emfuleni, Ethekwini Metropolitan Unicity, Gamagara, George, Hibiscus Coast, Karoo Hoogland, Kgatelopele, //Khara Hais, Knysna, Kungwini, Kouga, Hessequa local authority, Lesedi, Makana, Mangaung, Matzikama, Metsimaholo, Middelburg (Mpumalanga), Midvaal, Mngeni, Mogale, Mosselbaai, Msunduzi, Mtubatuba, Nama Khoi, Nelson Mandela, Nokeng tsa Taemane, Oudtshoorn, Overstrand, Plettenbergbaai, Potchefstroom, Randfontein, Richtersveld, Saldanha Bay, Sol Plaatjie, Stellenbosch, Swartland, Swellendam, Theewaterskloof, Umdoni, uMhlathuze and Witzenberg.”

“The above areas will have a wage increase of the previous years’ minimum wage plus 5.1%”.


Area B:

“Metropolitan and local municipalities not listed in Area A”

“All other areas as per area B will have a wage increase of 6.6%”

*except Security Guard job category which will be entitled to a minimum wage of the security guard as per the applicable wage table after the increase has been affected.


It is important to note that as per the sectoral determination there is a differentiation in wage rates between employees working less than 27 hours per week and those who are working more that 27 hours per week.

The applicable wage table can be obtained from the department of labour website under sectoral determination 9. (


– CEO Collective Bargaining Team