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Monday, 16 March 2015   (0 Comments)
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The Federation of African Professional Staffing Organisations (APSO) welcomes the upcoming finalisation of the Employment Services Act of 2014, as mentioned by President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation Address on Thursday (12 February 2015).

APSO Vice President KC Makhubele says, “We would like to work with government in the implementation of this act and ultimately rid the industry of rogue employment organisations.”

APSO has been at the forefront of the call for clear and fair regulation in the employment and recruitment industry. “We are therefore well placed to play the pivotal role of industry regulation going forward. We have, after all been doing so, with our members, without legislative support for many years until now,” Makhubele says.

Without regulation, Makhubele says that these organisations are prone to play foul and take advantage of often desperate job seekers by, for example, illegally charging job seekers to secure or provide employment. “Employment organisations and agencies make their money by charging a service fee to their clients for managing their workforce - NEVER by charging job seekers.”

He stresses that for this act to be truly successful, private sector involvement is crucial.

“Not only do we encourage employment organisations and agencies to welcome regulation by joining APSO but also call on businesses to commit to only working with employment agencies which have aligned their processes with the act and who are open to the scrutiny of their industry peers.”

“In this regard, we are often shocked and surprised to see tenders released into the market without an outlined requirement for APSO membership. Such gaps in the tendering process of organisations increases the risk to such organisations,” Makhubele adds.

While APSO does not impose restrictions on the services offered by members or their client fees and guarantees, members are bound by the APSO Code of Ethics & Codes of Professional Practice which seeks to set globally aligned standards and ensure the professionalism of members.

Makhubele says, “APSO is committed to the upliftment and professionalisation of the labour recruitment industry in South Africa and is passionate about addressing the challenge of employment in the country.”

The staffing and recruitment industry, generating more than R40 billion a year (resulting in additional revenue for the Government in the form of taxes and VAT), has also been recognised by The International Labour Organisation (ILO) as an integral and important part in a well-functioning modern labour market.

“There are a multitude of advantages for job seekers who use employment agencies and it is a pity that a few bad seeds have made some hesitant to explore these opportunities,” he says.

Some of these advantages are:

·         Partnering with an employment agency greatly improves chances of employment;

·         It takes on average 90 days for an individual to secure employment via an agency, this is in contrast with a whopping 806 days (2 years, 3 months) when on the job hunt by themselves;

·         Registering with an agency is significantly more effective, time efficient and less costly (for the job seeker) than trawling through classifieds and approaching a number of potential employers;

·         Agencies seek to secure ongoing work opportunities for their “temps” and often assist them in moving between sectors and employers to ensure consistent earning opportunities;

·         On average, nearly 30% of “temps” secure permanent employment within 12 months;

·         In their job hunt, the majority of executives prefer to speak to recruitment agencies rather than directly to organisations; and

·         Head-hunting and Executive searches are more effective when done through a recruitment agency due to their existing and broad networks.

“Considering the staggeringly high level of unemployment in South Africa and the potential opportunities for job seekers in partnering with reputable employment agencies, the need to ensure compliance and weed out bogus and manipulative recruiters is vital moving forward,” Makhubele concludes.

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