15,000 domestic worker jobs lost in 2019 first quarter

JOHANNESBURG - Fifteen-thousand domestic workers have lost their jobs in the first quarter of this year.

Widespread economic insecurity is a key reason, as households scramble to cut costs.

READ: SA unemployment rate soars to 27,6%

Industry players are encouraging creative solutions like cutting back hours or work days instead of completely letting workers go.

According to Sweepsouth CEO Aisha Pandor, "When households are under economic strain, the first thing people will do is retrench domestic workers, we see that time and time again."

READ: Domestic workers face job insecurity

The majority of domestic workers surveyed make less than R3000 monthly.

Employers who don't comply with contracts also contribute to putting many workers on the back foot, ensuring they can't weather the industry's fluctuations.