South African’s Income Comparison Tool

You will be surprised where your household is located in South Africa’s income distribution! The South African Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) have created an incredibly useful tool to compare incomes and income inequality in South Africa.

SALDRU describes the tool as follows:

South Africa is one of the most unequal countries in the world. If you think about your household, how rich or poor do you think you are compared to other South Africans? SALDRU has developed this income comparison tool to help you see how income is distributed from the poorest to the richest in South Africa. In four easy clicks, you can find out where you are in South Africa’s income distribution and how you compare to the rest of the population.

Why this tool is important
Most people are wrong about where they are located in the income distribution. This tool was designed to help people understand the nature and extent of South Africa’s inequality.

We’ve produced some studies that demonstrate the lack of social mobility in South Africa as well as the vulnerability of the middle class, which are some of the reasons South Africa remains such an unequal society. When we talk about this, we refer to intergenerational failure and the vulnerable middle class.

SALDRU’s research finds that 50% of South Africans are chronically poor. Only 20% of South Africans belong to the stable middle class, whilst 4% belong to the elite. The rest belong to the transient poor and the vulnerable middle class.


Here is the link to the tool: SALDRU Income Comparison Tool

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