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Sole Traders invoicing for work are not covered by UIF

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      sylvia hammond

      One of the features of the Post-school Education & Training (PSET) landscape, is the large number of self-employed service providers.

      Facilitators, assessors, moderators, verifiers, material developers, part-time and ad hoc lecturers, or academics providing ad hoc research services – all who invoice for their services.

      In many cases their tax status is that of a Sole Trader – that is without a registered business. (Some may still have a Close Corporation, which is now a defunct category – but was suited to these service providers).

      Therefore, they are not an employer, nor an employee, and do not contribute to Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF).

      Consequently, they are not part of the extensive benefit, which the Department of Employment and Labour has available:
      – to accommodate reduced working, or short-time, or temporary closure,
      – illness benefit, or
      – death benefit to spouse, life partner, children, or other nominated beneficiaries.

      The majority of the service provider categories I mentioned, are paid either, via:
      Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs),
      the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO), or
      the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), and possibly
      public TVET, and private colleges.

      Consequently, I would suggest that this is a joint issue of concern – for the Department of Higher Education and Training, and the Department of Employment and Labour.

      See separate discussion on DEL Easy-aid Guide for Employers, and the Employee and Employer declaration forms.

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