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THE RECRUITMENT INDUSTRY’S ROLE IN THE UPTAKE OF NEW BBBEE REQUIREMENTS

Posted By APSO, Monday, 15 June 2015
Updated: Thursday, 11 June 2015

THE RECRUITMENT INDUSTRY’S ROLE IN THE UPTAKE OF NEW BBBEE REQUIREMENTS

Polarity.org.za

One of the legacies of Apartheid in South Africa is the unequal distribution of wealth between its white and black populations. Connected to this is gender and racial disparities in education and skills levels.

On 5 May 2015, the Department of Trade and Industry (“DTI”) released Notice 396 of 2015 (“Clarification Notice”) to clarify the position of the DTI with respect to the recent amendments to the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Act. The clarification notice states that the Amended Codes became effective on 1 May 2015.

The amendments to the Codes fundamentally change the current BBBEE framework and significantly change the manner in which a firm’s BBBEE status (or level) will be calculated, as the number of BBBEE points required to achieve a particular BBBEE level has been increased.

The Federation of African Professional Staffing Organisations (APSO) is committed to the upliftment and professionalisation of the labour recruitment industry in South Africa.  KC Makhubele, Vice President of APSO says, “Planning for BBBEE should never be underestimated and should be seen as a tool that can increase employment opportunities and boost business growth.”

Makhubele explains that the purpose of the legislation remains to assist with the entrance of previously-disadvantaged people into the economy, in order to contribute to our national economic growth.

He says, “Human resources development, which encompasses employment equity and skills development, forms part of the core strategies for bringing about BBBEE in South Africa. These elements are, in fact, given significant weighting in determining the extent to which an enterprise contributes towards BBBEE. In terms of the Generic Scorecard, employment equity and skills development each account for 15 % of the BEE weighting of an enterprise.”

“Staffing and recruitment companies provide a great service in assisting businesses in reaching their BBBEE targets.”

Makhubele notes that not only do more candidates approach staffing and recruitment companies over corporate companies themselves – giving recruiters access to a bigger pool of talent to select from – but the interview and on-boarding process is also quicker when partnering with a reputable staffing company.

He says, “Recruiters also spend more time interviewing and developing candidates. Through temporary and contract employment BBBEE candidates gain much needed experience in order to enter the permanent market.”

“Businesses who share their staffing strategy and overall business objectives with their staffing partner will also ensure that these targets are prioritised, and met,” Makhubele adds.

For this reason, Makhubele stresses that staffing and recruitment companies should be seen as a strategic partner. “Get to know your recruitment suppliers and ensure they know you, your corporate culture, your vision and values.”

“If organisations really want the very best talent while getting its identified BBBEE talent up to speed, a recruitment agency can provide highly skilled contract staff or recently retired staff who have a huge amount of experience to pass on to up-and-coming BBBEE candidates,” he concludes.

Tags:  Amended Codes  APSO  BBBEE  BBBEE targets  BEE  business objectives  Department of Trade and Industry  disadvantaged  DTI  economic growth  employment opportunities  framework  Generic Scoreboard  Human Resource Development  legislation  recruitment  requirements  staffing  staffing solutions 

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Industry body addresses recruitment fraud

Posted By APSO, Wednesday, 10 June 2015
Updated: Friday, 29 May 2015

Industry body addresses recruitment fraud

Skills Portal

South African businesses have been urged to actively participate in the regulation of the staffing industry by the Federation of African Professional Staffing Organisations (APSO).

The aim is to promote transparency in order to stop the exploitation of desperate job seekers by bogus organisations.

KC Makhubele, Vice President of APSO – recognised as a professional body in the industry – says, “Deception in the recruitment industry is forcing employers to carefully consider their options when trying to identify reputable recruitment partner.”

He notes that by only working with employment agencies who have opened themselves to regulations and scrutiny by industry peers, businesses will aid in closing down the operations of fake recruiters.

To read the full article, please click here.

Tags:  agencies  APSO  industry body  legislation  Recruitment  regulation 

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Labour Law Amendments Are Devastating!

Posted By APSO, Monday, 01 June 2015
Updated: Friday, 29 May 2015

Labour Law Amendments Are Devastating!

Business Brief

The newly amended Labour Relations Act (effective since 1 January 2015) are having  devastating impact not only on the national recruitment and staffing industry but also on the national country’s unemployment rate – which the act itself seeks to relive – if they continue to be interpreted by some stakeholders in a narrow light.

Amendments cause uncertainty

The amendments to the act have caused uncertainty in the market and has been highlighted as likely to cost the country 254 000 jobs. The interpretation of and uncertainty surrounding these amendments has already resulted in the folding of a number of small to medium sized recruitment companies – a number of which are Black-owned – and as a result, goes against government’s intention to support and grow Black business.

In compliance with the Labour Relations Amendments Act, No 6 of 2014 (LRAA) -  which aims to streamline the country’s labour environment and protect vulnerable workers – South African businesses are required to adjust the way in which they have traditionally employed and managed staff in their organisations.

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Tags:  amendments  APSO  job loss  Labour law  legislation  LRA  recruitment  recruitment agencies  regulation  uncertainty 

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LRA 'may have devastating jobs impact' - Cape Times, Career Times

Posted By APSO, Wednesday, 29 April 2015

LRA 'may have devastating jobs impact' - Cape Times, Career Times
Written by: Staff Writer

 

THE recently amended Labour Relations Act (effective from January 2015) will have a devastating impact, not only on the national recruitment and staffing industry but also on the economy and the country's unemployment rate – which the act seeks to relieve- if it continues to be interpreted by some stakeholders in a narrow light. This is according to KC Makhubele, vice president of the Federation of African Professional Staffing Organisations (APSO), quoted in a recent Business Day article. He said the amendments to the act had caused uncertainty in the market and had been highlighted as likely to cost the country 254 000 jobs. He said: "The interpretation of and uncertainty surrounding these amendments has already resulted in the folding of a number of small to medium recruitment companies- a number of which are black owned-and as a result goes against the government's intention to support and grow black business." Makhubele said this major impact on the already strained job market had been revealed in APSO's interaction with its over 800 members.


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Tags:  APSO  Cape Times  Career Times  Job loss  Legislation  LRA  Press Release 

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