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Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997 (Act No. 75 of 1997)

Sectoral Determinations

Sectoral Determination 7 : Domestic Worker Sector, South Africa

Written Particulars of Employment (Domestic Worker)







(herein after referred to as "the employer")


Address of employer










(herein after referred to as "the employee")



Employment will begin on and continue until terminated

as set out in clause 6 of the guidelines.


Place of work




Job description



Job Title

(e.g.. Domestic worker, child minder, gardener, etc)



See job description attached to the guidelines)




Hours of work

(See Guideline 5)


1. Normal working hours will be hours per week, made up as Follows :


Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday :


am to pm


Meal intervals will be from :




Other breaks :



Saturdays :.


am topm .


Meal intervals will be from :




Other breaks :


Sundays : .


am to pm .


Meal intervals will be from :




Other breaks :


2. Overtime will only be worked as agreed from time to time and will be paid at the rate of one and a half times of the total wage as set out in clause 5.2 of the guidelines.


3. Standby will only be done if agreed from time to time whereby an allowance will be paid of at least R20,00 per standby shift.



(See Guidelines 4 and 5)


1. The employees wage shall be paid in cash on the last working day of every week/month and shall be : R


2. The employee shall be entitled to the following allowances/other cash payments/payment in kind :


- A weekly/monthly transport allowance of R

- Meals per week/month to the value of R

- Accommodation per week/month to the value of R


3. The following deductions are agreed upon :


- R

- R

- R


4. The total value of the above remuneration shall be (The total of clauses 5.1 to 5.2.3) (Modify or delete clauses 5.2.1 to 5.2.3 as needed)


- R

5. The employer shall review the employee's salary/wage on or before 1 November of every year.


Termination of employment

Either party can terminate this agreement with one weeks notice during the first six months of employment and with four weeks notice there after. Notice must be given in writing except when it is given by an illiterate domestic worker. In the case where the domestic worker is illiterate notice must be explained orally by or on behalf of the employer.


Sunday work

Any work on Sundays will be by agreement between parties and will be paid according to clause 7 of the guidelines.


Public Holidays

Any work on holidays will be by agreement and will be paid according to clause 8 of the guidelines.


Annual Leave

The employee is entitled to three weeks paid leave after every 12 months of continuous service. Such leave is to be taken at times convenient to the employer and the employer may require the employee to take his/her leave at such times as coincide with that of the employer.


Sick leave


1. During every sick leave cycle of 36 months the employee will be entitled to an amount of paid sick leave equal to the number of days the employee would normally work during a period of six weeks.


2. During the first six months of employment the employee will entitled to one day's paid sick leave for every 26 days worked.


3. The employee is to notify the employer as soon as possible in case of his/her absence from work through illness.


4. A medical certificate may be required if absent for more than 2 consecutive days or has been absent on more than two occasions during an eight -week period.


Maternity leave

(Tick the applicable clauses in the space provided).


1. The employee will be entitled to            months maternity leave without pay; or


2. The employee will be entitled to           months maternity leave on pay.


Family responsibility leave

The employee will be entitled to five days family responsibility leave during each leave cycle if he or she works on at least four days a week.



(Tick the applicable boxes).


1. The employee will be provided with accommodation for as long as the employee is in the service of the employer, and which shall form part of his/her remuneration package


2. The accommodation may only be occupied by the worker, unless prior arrangement with the employer.


3. Prior permission should be obtained for visitors who wish to stay the night. However where members of the employees direct family are visiting, such permission will not be necessary.


Clothing (Delete this clause f not applicable) .

sets of uniforms will be supplied to the employee free of charge by the employer and will remain the property of the employer .


Other conditions of employment or benefits





Any changes to the written particulars will only be valid if agreed to by both parties.








Acknowledgement of receipt by employee:



Date: ......................................


Job Description


Indicate functions required by a [[ in the appropriate block


1. Child minding / baby sitting

24. Laundry -machine wash

2. Minding old/sick employer or Relative

25. Laundry - hand wash

3. General tidying of house

26. Hanging out of laundry

4. Making of beds

27. Washing of curtains

5. Vacuuming of carpets        

28. Ironing

6. Vacuuming of upholstery

29. Small mending job, e.g. replacing buttons, hems, etc

7. Dusting

30. Defrosting and cleaning fridge & freezer

8. Wiping down of all appliances e.g. T.V etc

31. Cleaning of windows and glass doors inside and out

9. Cleaning of walls, light switches, doors etc

32. Cleaning of all used equipment e.g. vacuum cleaner

10. Cleaning of ornaments

33. Packing away of groceries

11. Cleaning of toilets, basins, baths, showers, taps etc

34. Removal of refuse for collection

12. Mopping of tiled/vinyl floors

35. Sweeping of outside patios, steps, etc

13. Cleaning of inside of cupboards

36. Wiping down of outside lights

14. Cleaning of stove and oven

37. Cleaning of outside room's and cloakroom

15. Preparation/cooking of Breakfast

38. General driving duties and errands

16. Preparation/cooking of lunch

39. Wash cars

17. Preparation/cooking of supper

40. Maintain garden in clean and tidy condition

18. Setting of table

41. Caring for pool

19. Cleaning away after breakfast/lunch/supper

42. Mow lawns

20. Polishing of floors and Verandas

43. Weeding

21. Cleaning brass and silver

44. Trimming and pruning

22. Washing of Walls

45. Washing and grooming of dogs

23. Other

46. Painting of walls