The Commission for Employment Equity’s “fixation” on top management in its annual report was criticised by trade union Solidarity on Monday.
“Like in previous years, it fixates on a tiny part of the South African labour force, namely top management,” said Paul Joubert, senior economic researcher at Solidarity. “In addition, the commission’s analysis of the labour market is again seriously flawed, which shows either an inability or an unwillingness to do a proper analysis.”
According to the report, the percentage of white people in top management was 70% in 2014, compared to 72.6% in 2012 and 73.1% in 2010. The percentage of men in top management was 81% in 2010, 80.2% in 2012 and 79.2% in 2014.
Solidarity pointed out that the report reveals that top managers constitute less than 1% of the workforce. From a total of over seven million employees employed by 24 291 employers covered by the report, only 57 901 people are at top management level. “This means that on average there are only 2.4 top managers per company,” said Joubert.
Top managers in family businesses
“The commission does not at all take into account the fact that the majority of businesses only has one or a handful of top managers,” he said. “It is unusual for a smallish company with little more than 50 employees to have more than one top manager.”
“Many businesses are run as family businesses, or have been established by a specific entrepreneur who is also the only top manager,” said Joubert. “Apparently, the