Parliament bar tender makes more than police officer


A job advertisement at Parliament has caused a huge outcry, not only on social media but also from police the South African Police Union (Sapu), after it emerged that the post offers more than a policeman’s salary.

South Africa’s Parliament advertised for a number of positions, but it was the position of bar tender that caught attention.

Among the requirements for the job, was a Grade 12 and two years experience, while the remuneration package offered was R283 611 per year. It works out to around R23 600 per month.

Sapu strongly condemned the ad, saying that it was unfair to police constables who work in “dangerous situations on a daily basis”, enCA reports Sapu General-Secretary Oscar Skommere as saying.

“We do not know how they determine the salaries in parliament but if we compare this position of a bartender to that of constables who work under difficult and dangerous conditions on a daily basis, it is unfair, constables earn about R15,000 per month, even for police officers who have experience, it is difficult for them to earn that much,” he said.

eNCA further quotes, which puts the average bar tender’s annual salary between R17 030 and R93 653.