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Like their global counterparts, South African companies and workers are grappling with a worsening economic outlook as we move into the second half of 2022. And as salary and incentive negotiation season nears, both parties have to grapple with the question of what constitutes fair compensation in light of the prevailing climate.


Canada-based tech start-up, CostCertified, has announced the opening of their new headquarters in Cape Town’s city centre. Providing a first-of-its-kind cost estimating software for the residential construction industry, CostCertified joins over 550 firms in Africa’s Silicon Valley.


Managing payroll involves more than just paying employees. There's a lot that needs to be done before the payroll can be processed and it is a meticulous and often complex scenario that demands constant attention – one of the main reasons it's best left to the experts and why many companies are opting for the outsource option, says Ian McAlister, General Manager, CRS Technologies.

 


Key skills include digital literacy, problem solving, adaptability, critical thinking and being able to communicate effectively. While many of these essential skills which are touted for the future of work can be studied for, some are learned – and sometimes the long and arduous way.


Five years ago, Cynthia Mokgobu started a tiny farming operation in her backyard in the Limpopo village of Bochum. Today, she’s supplying vegetables to markets as far afield as Gauteng, and is well on her way to realising her dream of becoming a fully-fledged potato farmer and ensuring food security for her entire village.


The workplace is not what it once was. The pandemic accelerated shifts that were already gaining traction and, today, working environments are defined by increasingly hybrid arrangements, greater mobility and non-linear career shifts. Of course, these changes are also being accompanied by accelerated digital transformation and the rise of automation.


Mid-life is a time when many people reassess their priorities and decide to make a career change. The Covid-19 pandemic has also prompted employees of all ages to rethink their career paths, either due to personal preferences, or because of retrenchment and a shortage of work options.


Businesses in South Africa can debate the pros and cons of the hybrid work model all they like, but the fundamental truth is that Covid-19 has changed the rules, and now skilled workers are in a strong position to influence the employer/ employee environment to ultimately transcend the traditional company culture.


 The ongoing Covid-19 outbreaks suggest that a hybrid way of working could become the norm. This is especially likely in service industries where in-person presence is not as critical to operations. 


As youth unemployment worsens in South Africa, 500 youth from the Western Cape have been offered internship opportunities by the provincial government. 


On 18 March 2022, the Minister of Employment and Labour (Minister) published the ‘Code of Good Practice on the Prevention of Elimination of Harassment in the Workplace’ (Harassment Code). The Harassment Code is effective from 18 March 2022. The Minister has, simultaneously, repealed the ‘Amended Code of Good Practice on the Handling of Sexual Harassment Cases in the Workplace’.


In the third quarter of 2021, the expanded unemployment rate in KwaZulu Natal (KZN) stood at 48,6%. This means that almost all of the people in KZN were unemployed.


Both employers and prospective employees feel the pain of the recruitment process.  Job searches are often tense, drawn out and exhausting.  Both sides can benefit from a quicker, more accurate and less costly match. 


In this article, Ian McAlister turns the focus to how this integration will improve internal relationships while leveraging off partner strengths.


As a result of Covid-19, employers need to re-look office culture, teamwork, and talent strategies to acknowledge both a shifting business landscape and changing employee expectations.


Whether the dismissal of an employee who accused a fellow employee of racism and threatened and intimidated her was substantively and procedurally fair.


Dishonesty has traditionally been seen as a serious offence and one that could render an employment relationship intolerable. This is because dishonesty damages the ability of the employer to trust the employee. 


When an employer contemplates retrenching employees it is required by the Labour Relations Act (LRA) to first consult about this prospect before making any decision to retrench. Where the relevant employees belong to a trade union the employer is required to consult with that union on a number of issues, the most important of which is any means of avoiding job losses. 


Evolving technology and the impacts of Covid-19 have resulted in workplaces that are changing faster than ever. To keep pace with the rapid advances in the workplace and avoid skills shortages, almost half of employees will need to be reskilled with critical skills by 2025.


The ubiquity of mobile devices is aiding employees to transform businesses into more efficient, agile, and productive operations. Ian McAlister, General Manager at CRS Technologies, discusses how this has led to the rise of tech-powered human resource and payroll solutions to help with employee management.

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