Employment Equity

South Africa’s Employment Equity Act (EEA) contains a number of anti-discrimination provisions, as well as mechanisms for employers to collect, analyse, plan and report on employment equity information.

When Stephen Hawking passed away last week, the world lost an incredible human being, someone who was able to look past his physical limitations and become one of the great thinkers of our time.

Matric requirement limits both people with disabilities as well as organisations’ ability to maximise their B-BBEE score.

 

A mere 5% of people with disabilities have a matric according to Progression’s statistics. In addition, persons with disabilities make up less than 1% of the reported workforce. It is estimated that around 95% of persons with disabilities are unemployed.

With many companies striving towards diversifying their workforce, people with disabilities are becoming increasingly integrated into organisations. Yet despite these efforts, workplaces remain largely inaccessible to people with disabilities, with physical and attitudinal barriers still presenting a major challenge.

The Department of Labour has advised companies to ensure that they have proper employment equity (EE) plans in place, this as currently proposed amendments to equity legislation will tie state contracts to compliance with legislation.

While some steps have been made towards integrating women into the workforce African women still face many barriers to obtaining decent employment.

Securing a job in South Africa is a challenge to say the least, even more so for the country’s disabled citizens.

The 17th Annual Report of the Commission for Employment Equity indicates 68.5% of top management positions at South African companies are still occupied by white South Africans.

As a Business Development Consultant for Progression, Melanie Bothma interacts with many clients across a range of industries. An all too often occurrence however is the existence of common misconceptions, prejudices and stigmas that she sees on a daily basis.

South African employers are not only heeding legislation that governs the treatment of employees with disabilities, but are also taking advantage of skills development related tax rebates and the advantages of learnerships designed to boost HR capacity.

When a person has a disability it does not mean that they are not able to perform a task or do a specific job.

Employment Equity requires companies to bring about change in leadership particularly at the higher levels of management where male dominance continues to maintain control

Despite the ongoing effort to introduce disability into the workplace, many people with disabilities still face discrimination when accessing the open labour market.

Despite the ongoing effort to introduce disability into the workplace, many people with disabilities still face discrimination when accessing the open labour market.

Accommodating people with disabilities in the workplace has been a slow process and greater effort should be made to develop a more diverse, inclusive workforce in South Africa.

The Department of Labour’s Employment Equity (EE) Directorate will conduct roadshows to strengthen EE implementation and compliance mechanisms next week in Polokwane and Bloemfontein.

Gender diversity is critical to sustaining business performance in the modern business environment.

Does your business comply with the employment equity legislation? Join the Employment Equity Compliance Conference 2016 and learn how to implement these policies in the workplace.

In the Global Gender Gap Index, which measures different aspects of gender based inequality, South Africa ranks 18th out of 142 countries.

“Not everyone with a disability experiences their condition in the same way. It therefore follows that reasonable accommodation cannot be the same for every individual with a disability.”

Improving societal and work parity between men and women in South Africa will realise substantial economic benefits, but deep-rooted negative attitudes and behaviours towards women must first be addressed.

There has been an increase in the demand for people with disabilities (PWDs) in the workplace.

Continuing the success of 2015’s Disability Conference, Progression is bringing its 5th Annual Disability Conference for the first time to Cape Town, at the Protea Fire & Ice! Hotel on Thursday 9 June 2016.

Gender diversity is a key selling point for companies that want to attract top talent and boost their bottom line, yet a recent study shows gender advancement in South Africa has deteriorated over the past decade.

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