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'n Minimum loon vir huishulpe: Antwoorde vir beleidmakers

L. J. Bothma, C. J. Jordaan
South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences | Vol 1, No 3 | a2558 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajems.v1i3.2558 | © 2018 L. J. Bothma, C. J. Jordaan | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 03 July 2018 | Published: 30 September 1998

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L. J. Bothma, Department of Economics, University of the Orange Free State, South Africa
C. J. Jordaan, Department of Marketing, Technikon Free State, South Africa

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This study, which was conducted in a Bloemfontein residential area, revealed that a considerable number of domestic workers may lose their jobs if a minimum wage is implemented. In order to keep job losses to the minimum, a minimum wage should not be too far above the current market wage level. This article sets out how labour market theory and empirical research can assist policymakers to determine market and minimum wage levels for domestic workers. The main conclusion of the research is that a minimum wage for domestic workers should be regressive - higher for part-time than full-time workers.


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