SA HR news roundup: Festive campaign supports artisans, tech and health drive jobs activity

The SABC places a moratorium on salary increases.

The South Africa Salary Guide and Hiring Insights 2022 report from Michael Page shows that employees prefer remote working, with the technology and healthcare sectors showing positive hiring activity. The SABC declares a moratorium on salary increases until it breaks even and Sibanye-Stillwater tables an amended conditional three-year wage settlement through the CCMA. With the festive season approaching, Pernod Ricard shows its support for local artisans.

Tech and healthcare drive hiring activity
Michael Page’s South Africa Salary Guide & Hiring Insights 2022 shows that a majority (88 percent) of job applicants believe they could fulfil their tasks or responsibilities remotely, highlighting the need for technology capabilities to be accelerated.

Paul Newman, operating director – South Africa, Michael Page, says, “With organisations realising that working from home can be productive and is a true solution, we have noticed a sharp increase in global organisations sourcing scarce talent to be based anywhere across the world. This is particularly true within the technology sector where there is a real skills shortage in South Africa.

“Almost all the industries and sectors showed a positive trend in terms of hiring activity, however, the healthcare and technology sectors have been the most active and we anticipate for it to continue in the medium term. Our technical teams [engineering, manufacturing and mining] also demonstrated momentum,” he adds.

Sibanye-Stillwater tables revised wage offer
Sibanye-Stillwater has tabled an amended conditional three-year settlement offer during the ongoing conciliation process between the company and labour unions under the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

Under the offer, over the next three years, the average guaranteed income for entry-level category 4 underground production employees, who make up 29 percent of the total workforce, would increase to R16,730 in year one, R17,510 in year two and R18,326 in year three.

This excludes employee earnings through performance bonuses.

Phakamisa ispirit for artisans
Pernod Ricard is investing R38 million into its 2021 festive season campaign, Phakamisa ispirit (lift the spirit).

Part of the proceeds from sales will help provide local artisans with SETA-accredited courses covering business management, manufacturing, technology, and accounting, as most artisans do not have formal training. They will also be provided with the resources they need to grow their businesses.

Gregory Leymarie, CEO, Sub-Saharan Africa, Pernod Ricard, says, “As a well-established corporate in South Africa, it’s our responsibility to invest in the local economy and our local makers, who are at the heart of the country’s economy. These makers often cannot afford the equipment they need and require training to progress their careers.”

Moratorium on SABC salary increases
SABC employees will not receive salary increases in the next three years unless the state broadcaster breaks even. This is according to group executive of human resources Mojaki Mosia, who appeared before the National Council of Provinces’ Select Committee on Public Enterprises and Communications.