JUST IN: Bad news for foreigners living and working in South Africa

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IT’S going to be difficult for foreigners to work in Mzansi in the near future.

This is because if passed, the draft National Labour Migration Policy, which goes hand in hand with the Employment Services Amendment Bill, will have an impact on the employment of foreigners.

Lucinda Alfonica, commercial manager at Workforce Staffing, said: “It will make matters complicated for multi-national organisations operating in the country, as it will impose quotas for foreign employees over and above enforcing local preferential employment and skills transfer.”

Among other requirements, the draft National Labour Migration Policy and Employment Services Amendment Bill require that employers go for South Africans first before they can think of hiring foreign nationals. That means if there are no South Africans who have the particular skill, then there must be a way to ensure they’re trained in those skills.

While this will be beneficial for local workers, it does add another challenge for multi-national corporations, where it is often simpler to bring in skills from the country of origin. To ensure there are South Africans with the particular skills, it will require many companies to do their research on that. And that’s where Temporary Employment Services (TES) comes into the picture.

TES, as a partner, is capable of sourcing the skills needed to do the work by ensuring they handle all the administrative processes, supporting skills transfer programmes and more.

According to Alfonica, Mzansi has a shortage of skills in many areas, which means that an intensive hiring process will require services like theirs. While the act is still in draft phase and is available for public comment, some version of these laws will undoubtedly come into effect soon, and organisations need to be prepared.

— Daily Sun


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