About one in four domestic workers in SA lost their job in the past year, according to a SweepSouth survey.
This as the financial pressure on domestic workers is hefty, with almost 60% being breadwinners supporting four or more people.
Job losses were dominated by two causes: employers no longer being able to afford the services of their domestic worker and their employer moving home, either to other cities or overseas.
“These trends have been compounded by the accelerating emigration of skilled professionals as well as the semigration trends seen during the Covid-19 pandemic,” said SweepSouth.
“The economic recovery after the catastrophic impact of the pandemic has been further hampered by the war in Ukraine and escalating oil prices. This will place further pressure on household incomes and accelerate job losses due to the inability of employers to continue paying their domestic workers.”