Government encourages employers to use its ESSA system to hire new employees

The online recruitment service is ‘credible’ and ‘friendly’ says Deputy Labour Minister Boitumelo Moloi.

Employment and Labour deputy minister Boitumelo Moloi says the department’s soon-to-be-launched online recruitment service will help employers select potential candidates from a pool of job seekers.

She encourages employers to use the department’s Employment Services of South Africa system (ESSA) to recruit workers and to maintain stability in the labour market.

The ESSA system, Moloi says, is credible and user-friendly in allowing employers to recruit.
“Employers could further be assisted as the department also offers counselling to job seekers.”

She adds: “We need employers to be friends with us.”

The recruitment service is available to all South African citizens. “All you have to do is register as a job seeker on the Public Employment Services (PES) branch system,” Moloi says.

Prospective job applicants need to register and create their profiles, view vacancies, and review their CVs. Recruiters can then access the system and select potential candidates.

Speaking about workplace transformation, Moloi says legislation is in place not to punish, but ensure compliance in workplaces.

“EE self-regulation has not delivered results. That is why we are coming up with EE Act amendments. If we continue with the status quo it will take us a century to transform workplaces. Workplace transformation is moving at a slow pace and we need to do something,” she says.