Salary depression: The struggle is real for many South Africans


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Unemployment is so rife in SA, it leads people into jobs in the hopes of earning something, rather than nothing.

Unemployment is so rife in SA, it leads people into jobs in the hopes of earning something, rather than nothing. 

In turn, companies understand this, and take full advantage when offering salaries to desperate employees and more often than not, salaries are below market rate. 

In a recent hashtag on Twitter, #SalaryDepression, users came out sharing their views on the subject. 

The hashtag started trending last week after Khaya FM presenter Thabo Mokwele (@tboseZA) asked followers if they suffer from #SalaryDepression. 

@TboozeSA said “Desperation lead us to take salary offers that are below standard. Now you in there, unhappy because the salary doesn’t match the work. Companies do 5% yearly increase meaning it will still be way less than what you deserve.#SalaryDepression,”. 

He continued saying “The fear of not getting a job if you ask for too much money is what make us negotiate for lower salaries. And companies will gladly sit back and watch you slave for less as long as they saving. We also need to learn to speak up #SalaryDepression,” he said. 



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