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Want to create a tool that enables people to know if they’re paying workers a living wage? This data journalism tool makes it easier for people to answer that question.

The Living Wage Calculator was created by OpenUp, formerly Code for South Africa, to focus attention on a large and essential sector of the country’s labor force. Domestic workers make up 6 percent of South African workers.

Launched on South Africa’s biggest news site, News24, the calculator features a brief survey asking employers to tell how much they pay their workers. It then uses nine indicators to calculate whether the rate is fair. These include the size of the worker’s household, and the cost of food, housing, transportation and education.

Story About the Tool "Living Wage Calculator Sums Up Income Inequality in South Africa"
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