What is a Salary Benchmark?
Today we are focusing on how to apply for a Salary Benchmark and why this is crucial to your application!
In 2005 the Department of Home Affairs has introduced a procedure that all work permits should be accompanied by an accurate Salary Benchmark to ensure that South African jobs are protected and prevent cheap labour being imported from overseas. Now a Salary Benchmark is a standard or point of reference against which a salary can be compared to, so in other words finding out the pay level relative to others in your industry with the same job title.
A salary benchmark can be issued by the Department of Labour but not all offices are prepared to do so and can often take up to 2 months to retrieve this salary bench mark for you. However, private firms are available in South Africa to facilitate this for you at an additional cost but the response is speedy and effective. It is always important to remember, when you have secured a job offer, your salary benchmark certificate should directly relate to the position or occupation offered by the prospective employer or the Department of Home Affairs will decline your application.
New World Immigration includes this 3rd party service when facilitating in securing your work permit and is happy to liaise with the Department of Labour or the private firm.