This report looks at the national minimum wage parity for domestic workers, farmworkers and expanded public works programme (“EPWP”) workers. The farm, domestic, and EPWP sectors were, prior to the introduction of the National Minimum Wage (NMW), ultra-low wage sectors with very low statutory minimum wages. While the latest wage data is not publicly available, these workers presumably – including because of the lower NMW level – continue to earn very low wages.
The opinion expressed in this report is that there is no compelling evidence in favour of maintaining the wages of domestic workers, farm workers and EPWP workers at a lower level than the overall NMW. Given the current position of these workers, there are compelling reasons to ensure that their wages and working conditions continually improve.