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Latest Annual Report on Employment Equity

Date posted: 11.04.2014 | Author: Harry Bovensmann

The latest annual report of the Commission on Employment Equity (CEE) shows a slightly improved picture for black advancement into desirable jobs, but no radical changes from the last comparable one that was done two years ago:

  • with 4 984 large employers contributing information this year, the sample now seems to cover a significant part of the formal economy. The employers covered employ 5.6 million of the 8.5 million employees in the formal sector.  In these companies
  • there are 22 571 jobs categorised as “top management” of which 19.8% belong to black African employees. Whites have 62.7% of the top jobs.
  • of the 84 527 “senior managers”, 23% are black, 7% coloured, 10.1% Indian and 57% white.
  • of f the 417 996 “professional” employees, 38.4% are African, 9.6% are coloured, 9.4% are Indian and 40.6% are white.
  • of the 1 447 224 “skilled” employees, 59.2% are African, 11.3% are coloured, 5.9% are Indian and 22% are white.
  • of the 1 914 429 “semiskilled” employees, 75.7% are African, 11.6% coloured, 3.2% Indian and 6.7% white.
  • of the 965 696 “unskilled” employees, 85.2% are African, 9.8% are coloured, 0.9% Indian and 1% are white.

At the release of the new CEE report, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant lashed out at critics of employment equity as well as of the new regulations her department recently released for comment. She stressed that the regulations cover many different aspects of the EE regime and include a new formula for calculating the EE targets in different provinces, given the different demographics. The new formula would make employers use mostly national demographics with some adjustments for provincial numbers.

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[CEE Annual Report 2013-14]

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