14th Commission for Employment Equity - comment

By dessquire, 14 April, 2014

14th Commission for Employment Equity Report 

Some challenges being faced

  • There was no buy-in from senior and top managers in embracing employment equity as part of business imperatives

  • EE Managers assigned were mostly junior managers with no authority and the necessary resources to execute their mandate

  • Consultative Forums were not existing or if existing were not properly constituted

  • Lack of consultation on the preparation and development of EE Plans, including preparation of annual EE reports before submission to the Department

  • In matters referred to the Labour Court where companies were reluctant to submit requested information or companies failing to comply with recommendations made by the Director-General


2014 Trend analysis  

Top Management level shift from 2003 to 2013


African form 14.9% to 19/8%

Coloured from 4% to 5.1%

Indian from 4.9% to 8.4%

White from 76.3% to 62.7%  

Males from 86% to 79.4%

Female from 14% to 20.6%


Senior management level shift from 2003 to 2013


African form 14.2% to 23%

Coloured from 6.3% to 7%

Indian from 6.8% to 10.1%

White from 72.7% to 57%  

Males from 77.7% to 70.1%

Female from 22.3% to 29.8%


Professionally qualified level shift from 2003 to 2013


African form 30.9% to 38.4%

Coloured from 6.1 to 9.6%

Indian from 5.5% to 9.4%

White from 49.2% to 40.6% 

Males from 64% to 57%

Female from 36% to 43%


Skilled technical level shift from 2003 to 2013


African form 42.1% to 59.2%

Coloured from 12.9% to 11.3%

Indian from 6.8% to 5.9%

White from 38.2% to 22% 

Males from 55.8% to 53%

Female from 44.2% to 47%


People with disabilities accounted for .9% of the total of all employees reported in 2013. There is a deep drop between 2013 and 2003 where the number represented 1.3% in 2007


Top management level by population group in the private sector shows that white people still represent 58.6%. In all other sectors the range is between 7% and 26%. White representation is still very high. White female representation seems to take preference over black female representation by on average 7%.

Foreign nationals are also starting to feature at top levels although only reported on since about 2006.


In summary it is worth noting the following 

  1. Africans make up less than 20% of Top management while whites make up 62%

  2. 2009 was looking good with 20.3% representing African managers at top levels. This has declined to 19.8%. a fairly static trend over the period of 4 years.

  3. The Indian representation at top management level is on a constant upward spiral, almost doubling over the period 2003 to 2013.

  4. The total of top managers in all categories for 2003 was given by employers as 15515. This has risen to 22571 in 2013 of which a staggering 14149 are white employees and only 4464 being African, 1879 Indian and 1146 coloured.

  5. Females make up 20.6% of top management or 4646 employees. So in real terms there are more female top managers (4646) combined than all the Africans in top management (4464) 

There is a need for some real determined and positive action in order to go forward in appositive manner and to stop shying away from our responsibilities as employers. 

Now is the time to ensure you put in place the structures for consultation with all employees, ensure they are trained and fully understand. Now is the time to elect your EE forum members and have them trained also. Now is the time for complying with legislation.


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