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South Africa gets a new ‘workbook’ for government employees – here’s what they deserve

The Department of Public Service and Government is in the process of finalizing the ‘Public Service Occupational Dictionary’, which will serve as a definitive handbook for government jobs in South Africa.

While South Africa’s jobs in the public sector have already been regulated, the government has struggled with rising salaries, problems verifying qualifications, and questions about whether employees are appropriately qualified for certain positions. The dictionary aims to address this by acting as a formal document for government jobs in South Africa.

The dictionary is based on input received by various government departments and will provide a detailed breakdown of all occupations and occupational groups within the government.

It will also indicate the minimum qualifications and years of experience generally required for occupational jobs within occupational groups. This information will be used to inform career paths – including front-facing services such as the South African Police Service.

What government workers earn

The South African government currently employs about 13% of all workers in the country (about 1.2 million people) – yet it pays 33% of all salaries.

Responding in a written parliamentary Q&A in October 2021, Minister of Public Service and Administration Ayanda Dlodlo said that there are currently 16 salary groups in the public service, with staff in Band 1 earning an average salary of R103,562 earn. By comparison, public sector workers in volume 16 currently earn an average of more than R2.1 million.

Dlodlo also gave a breakdown of how many workers are in each salary group, with the largest number of workers between salary groups 5 and 9.

Salary band Total number of employees per salary level Current average salary per salary level
1 263 R103 562
2 77 651 R171 278
3 69 003 R206 957
4 38 663 R247 296
5 201 244 R283 227
6 129 361 R332 985
7 306 703 R411 227
8 159 899 R479 868
9 99 927 R567 956
10 54 510 R710 273
11 35 365 R851 022
12 27 399 R1 222 246
13 7 660 R1 147 609
14 2 405 R1 378 620
15 528 R1 661 168
16 712 R2 130 602

29,000 officials – plus members of the national executive, members of parliament and members of the provincial executive – will earn more than R1 million in 2018.

Data from the 2021 budget show that the average wage for government workers in 2019 exceeded R400,000 per year, with this figure reaching the R450,000 mark in 2021.

Data published at the end of April 2022 show that the real average wage for home rentals in South Africa decreased to R14,969 in March.


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South Africa gets a new ‘workbook’ for government employees – here’s what they deserve

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