Cleaners and domestic workers in Tanzania earn 20 times less than in the United Kingdom

Information about wages of domestic workers and cleaners in Tanzania and all over the world. Compare the salary in Tanzania with salaries in Kenya, South Africa, United Kingdom, India, Russia and many more.

 

The average gross wage of Tanzanian domestic workers of 388 Tanzanian shillings per hour of work is hardly comparable to other countries in the list. Adjusted by PPP, a fulltime working domestic worker or cleaner in Tanzania earns $0.68 net per hour and ranks first in the list of lowest wages.

The MyWage team surveyed the earnings of domestic workers and cleaners over the world. The wages are stated in Tanzanian shillings, but the results can be misleading due to variance in price levels between countries.Therefore there are also hourly wages in dollars adjusted by purchasing power parity that make the results totally comparative.

The highest wage was identified in Denmark with $14.32 per hour. This allows Danish workers to buy 2.7 Big Macs per hour of work. In South Africa domestic workers can buy only 0.7 of a Big Mac per hour of work, but their wages are still almost four times higher than in Tanzania. The hourly wage in Kenya is very low too, only $0.8 gross and $0.7 net. That is just $0.03 more than in Tanzania.

The Big Mac comparison is not available for Tanzania because the Big Mac index is not published there.

 

Country Median hourly wage in $ adjusted by PPP Median hourly wage in Tanzanian shillings

Big Macs per hour of work

Gross Net Gross Net
Tanzania 0.68 0.68 387.55 387.55  
Kenya 0.8 0.7 755.73 600.70  
South Africa 2.74 2.36 2,906.64 2,519.08 0.7
United Kingdom 13.6 8.78 22,768.64 14,707.57 2.4
Belgium 10.78 8.54 18,835.00 14,920.73 2.2
Denmark 14.32 9.61 32,379.91 21,741.63 2.7
Germany 10.34 7.77 16,780.97 12,595.42 1.9
Finland 10.16 7.88 19,358.19 14,998.24 2.2
Netherlands
13.18 10.11 21,935.41 16,819.73 2.5
Spain 8.12 6.36 11,897.83 9,320.61 1.4
Czech Republic 5.62 4.21 5,813.27 4,301.82 0.8
Argentina 4.55 3.98 4,650.62 4,069.29 0.6
Brazil 2.2 1.79 3,236.05 2,635.35 0.3
Chile 3 2.54 4,011.16 3,391.07 0.5
Belarus 2.36 2.03 1,550.21 1,317.67  
Kazakhstan 2.66 2.14 3,623.61 2,906.64  
Ukraine 2.26 1.87 1,937.76 1,647.09 0.5
Russia 2.56 1.93 2,984.15 2,247.80 0.6
China 1.81 1.7 1,937.76 1,802.11 0.5
India 2.09 1.78 1,201.41 1,027.01 0.4
Indonesia 0.79 0.65 930.12 794.48 0.2
Vietnam 1.66 1.58 1,162.65 1,104.52  

 

  • Source: Wage Indicator 2010-2012; IMF World Economic Outlook Database (April 2012); The Economist (January  2012)
  • Global Wage Comparison is based on a sample of 3667 respondents, who participated in the Wage Indicator survey. For Tanzania respondents come through the MyWage.org/Tanzania Survey. Period:  May 2010 - May 2012.
  • Statistics are reported for countries with at least 10 observations. The  "Big Macs per hour of work" information is only available  for countries with published Big Mac index.
  • Exchange rates valid on 30 July 2012 were used for wages in Tanzanian shillings.

For explanation of the terms used in Global Wage Comparisons click on More information about Global Wage Comparisons.

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