New remuneration limit impacts on UIF contribution calculations

Johannesburg, 05 Oct 2012
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A new remuneration limit published in the Government Gazette after being approved by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan directs employers to adjust their UIF contribution calculations to comply with the new limit from 1 October 2012.

From now on, employers must apply a new annual remuneration limit of R174 464 when calculating the 1% contribution deducted from employees and the 1% contributed by employers.

"As a result, employees earning R14 872 or more a month (R178 464 a year) will now contribute a maximum of R148.72, and their employers will contribute an equal amount," says Philip Meyer, technology director of payroll and HR software specialist Pastel Payroll, part of the Softline Group and Sage Group.

"At the moment, the earnings limit is set at R12 478 a month or R149 736 a year. The new limit means that employees whose earnings exceed the current limit will see a reduction in their net pay from October 2012, as their UIF contribution deduction will be slightly higher to accommodate the remuneration limit increase.

"Employers will see a similar effect as their portion of the UIF contribution increases, to ultimately result in an increase in salary-related expenses."

Meyer adds that companies without payroll software solutions will have to manually change or update their payslip calculations to apply the new UIF limit before processing any salaries or wages for October.

"For our Pastel Partner Payroll software users, a 'frictionless' update is being released to ensure users of the software can process their payrolls using the latest UIF remuneration limits, therefore no CD installations are required."

Note to editors: Pastel Payroll, part of Softline and The Sage Group, is one of the leading developers of payroll and HR software solutions and services in South Africa as well as the rest of the African continent. Skills, experience and innovation in this field accumulated over many years in business confirm Pastel Payroll's leading position in the SME market. Pastel Payroll & HR provides a wide range of software solutions from start-up to medium, as well as larger sized enterprises. We offer easy-to-use, feature-rich and flexible payroll and HR software solutions to ensure businesses are kept up to date and fully compliant with changing legislative requirements - our software does it all for you.


Softline is a leading provider of business software and related services. Founded in 1988 by Ivan Epstein, Alan Osrin and Steven Cohen, Softline was established during the formative years of the business software industry. While Softline's heritage is in the SME market, the group also offers expertise and solutions that meet the needs of specific industries and larger organisations. In 2003, Softline was acquired by The Sage Group, a FTSE 100 company. Softline has a solid track record offering customers local expertise backed by the global Sage brand. The group delivers quality software solutions to make customers' business lives easier.

Sage Group

The Sage Group is a leading global supplier of business management software and related products and services, principally for small to medium-sized enterprises. Formed in 1981, Sage was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989. Sage has more than 6 million customers and more than 13 500 employees worldwide. It operates in over 24 countries covering the UK, Europe, North America, South Africa, Australia, India and China. For further information, please visit

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