Minimum Wage – Botswana

  • Valid in mei 2019
  • The amounts are in Pula Botswana (P).


Per Hour
Construction of buildings 5.79
Exploration and Quarrying Industries 5.79
Hotel, Catering and Entertainment 5.79
Garage, Motor Trade and Road Transport 5.79
Manufacturing, Service and Repair Trades 5.79
Wholesale and Retail Distributive Trades 5.14
Watchmen Employed in Industries and Trades 4.89
Security Guards Employed by Security Companies 5.79
Domestic Service Sector 3.21
Agriculture, forestry and fishing -

Working Hours

  • If the working week is 5 days, then the working day may not be  more than 9 hours and a period of rest totaling 1-hour should be  provided during the day. If the working week is more than 5 days, then the working day may not be more than 8 hours or more than 48 hours in a week. A break of at least 30 minutes must be given after 5 consecutive hours of work.


Despite the revision Botswana Federation of Trade Unions (BFTU) says the new minimum wage rates do not match living expenses and it proposes a living wage rather than a minimum wage.


Employers are advised to adhere to the new policy by ensuring that they do not pay their employees below the stipulated new minimum wage rates. Failure to do so will be violation of Section 1389 of the Employment Act Cap. 47:01. The offence is punishable in terms of Section 151 of the same act.

More information is available at

Archived Minimum Wages