Background Screening Index 2014
Labour law changes include the Labour Relations Amendment Act (No.6 of 2014) (LRAA) which took effect on 1 January 2015 with the exception of s37(c). Amendments introduced relate to employees employed through a Temporary Employment Service (“TES”) – also known as labour brokers – and fixed term employees. These employees will, in future, enjoy far greater protection than what is currently available to them, with concomitant limitations placed on employers to utilise such employment structures.
According to Statistics SA, in the 3rd quarter of 2014 the working age population was 35.5 million, between the ages of 15 – 64 years, whereas the labour force amounted to 20.3 million of which only 15.1 million were employed. Long-term unemployment was higher among women (70,3%) than men (61,8%).
The outlook for hiring intentions for the 1st quarter of 2015 looks hopeful according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey Q1 2015. Opportunities for job seekers are expected to be strongest in the Construction, the Finance, Insurance, Real Estate & Business Services, and the Transport, Storage & Communication sectors; and weakest within the Mining & Quarrying sector.
Lastly, the greatest focus for 2015 is expected to be on POPI - legal compliance and adherences to the new regulations are critical in order to avoid penalties and hefty fines. For the background screening industry this means the application of stringent processes when it comes to consent prior to conducting of background screening checks.