29 October 2021
South Africa’s latest unemployment statistics compared to 2020’s second quarter show that unemployment has increased by 52.1%—from 2.2 million to 6.5 million people. Specifically the youth unemployment rate which reached 46,3% (people aged 15-34 years) in 2021’s first quarter is worrisome. These figures highlight the important role that Temporary Employment Service (TES) companies play in introducing the unemployed, especially the young, to the workplace. Studies show the TES sector is doing so at a far greater rate than the overall labour market! Being involved in such a fast-expanding and dynamic industry, TES providers need to belong to a body that ensures compliance and therefore credibility, a base for good practice, a united voice, and that the industry is supported.
Improving the Industry
TES or Labour Broking as it is also known, has received negative attention in the past. The TESD seeks to combat misinformation about the industry and improve its image. Non-compliant labour brokers who operate against legislation and acceptable standards only negatively contribute to the industry. To stamp out non-compliant practice, joining the TESD is crucial as it strives to protect legitimate TES providers and help them remain compliant.
By way of thorough auditing, the TESD gives accreditation to members who are adhering to industry requirements, relevant legislation, and Bargaining Council agreements. This results in a high and uniform standard across the industry, improving the image of providers as well as clients thereby aiding in its future development.
“TES providers need to belong to a body that ensures compliance and therefore credibility, a base for good practice, a united voice, and that the industry is supported”
Membership that Matters
Members of the TESD are TES providers offering their services to a variety of employees and employers in the agriculture, raw materials, manufacturing, construction, and service industries. They benefit by collaborating with an association that knows the ins and outs of the TES sector, stays abreast with industry and legislative developments as well as staying connected to vital industry players.
The TESD is affiliated with The Confederation of Association in the Private Employment Sector (CAPES) which supports the future existence and growth of the TES Industry. Members are aided by an association that backs the industry in labour legislative developments and encourages transparency as well as compliance with labour and tax laws; ensuring members stay on the right side of the law.
The TESD continues to be a credible representative body in the eyes of stakeholders such as employees, clients, contractors, bargaining councils and trade unions. Ensuring the credibility and compliancy of its members who provide their services to a variety of employees and employers across economic sectors.
The TESD gives TES providers a stakeholder forum to regulate this specialised industry to serve the needs of their clients and to protect the rights of all in a legally compliant environment. It is no wonder TESD members are the credible choice—providing trustworthy, reliable services whatever sector the client operates in.