SweepSouth was founded on the principal of professionalising the domestic services industry and a core component of that is ensuring equitable pay for our workers. During their trial period, our cleaners earn more than double the minimum wage for domestic workers (65% of the fee) which increases to nearly triple (80% of the fee) once this period is complete. This puts our workers amongst the best paid in their industry in the country.
Research from the School of Economic and Business Sciences at the University of Witwatersrand showed that the estimated cost of essential food and non-food items needed to survive is R1319 for one person and R5276 for a household of four. While we are under no illusion about income inequality in South Africa, it is a point of pride that we can say that most of our workers are able to meet their total household needs on their pay alone. You can visit http://living-wage.co.za/ for further info.
Our pricing has shifted during our short history based on the willingness to pay within the South African market but we are continually investigating further tweaks to our pricing model. While we do not expressly encourage tipping, we are aware that many of our more economically able customers choose to tip their workers and as such, we introduced this functionality to our system to allow clients who would like to, to tip on completion of their booking.
It does strike a chord with us when clients comment on the well-being of our workers as this is something we are intensely focussed on. We recognise that our workers' health and happiness is core to our future success. We have provided many previously unemployed and underemployed women the opportunity to uplift their household and we hope to continue doing so well into the future.