Ten months after its introduction, the national minimum wage (NMW) of R20 an hour has not caused a jobs bloodbath, nor have firms flooded the labour department looking for exemptions, but it may have discouraged the hiring of new entry-level workers.

According to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation & Arbitration, of the 19,500 claims it has received so far this year under the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Act and the NMW Act, only 1,823 (9%) relate to the NMW Act alone.

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