38% Of PSL Players Earning ‘Slave Wage’
FIFPro Have Released Damning Figures About The Wages Of PSL Players
According to a survey conducted by FIFPro, the International Federation of Professional Footballers, 38.4% of Premier Soccer League footballers earn less than R8000 per month.
There has been a furore in South African football this week after it was revealed that Kaizer Chiefs’ Bruce Bvuma was earning just R5000 per month, despite being promoted to a professional contract prior to his debut in April.
The South African Football Players’ Union have called for a minimum wage in the country for footballers as a way of countering the ‘slave wages’ that they have often referred to, however, their cry has seemingly fallen upon deaf ears.
When the PSL’s players in the Absa Premiership and National First Division were asked for their World XI votes last year, they were also requested to fill in a survey where they gave details about their contracts and whether they were paid on time.
Of all the players that were contacted, only 195 of them were willing to reveal their salary to FIFPro. Today they revealed that not only had 25% of the 195 been paid late by their clubs over the past two years, but over 38% of them are earning less than $600 (+/- R7800).
The highest percentage in a wage bracket was the $301-$600 (R3800-R7800) bracket to which around 57 players belong, while 9.8% of the 195 players were earning upwards of R50,000 per month for their efforts.
See FIFPro's stats here:
It remains to be seen what sort of action SAFPU will take going forward, but they have made it very clear that a strike could well be on the cards if things don't improve.