White males still SA's top managers‚ despite push for employment equity across race and gender

25 April 2016 - 14:06 By Roxanne Henderson


White South African men are still running the show in the workplace‚ with the group holding onto their top management positions. The Commission for Employment Equity (CEE) launched its annual report in Pretoria on Monday.CEE chairperson Commissioner Tabea Kabinde said that white males have the most opportunities for skills development and are promoted at higher rates than other groups.Though they appear to be exiting these top positions‚ they are still being recruited in high numbers by companies‚ she said.In 2015 white people made up 68.9% of the workforce in top management positions‚ compared with 70% the previous year.Of these white top managers‚ 78.6% are men.“This picture is not achieving what we want it to achieve in terms of the advancement of [previously disadvantaged] groups in top management‚” Kabinde said.White men are being recruited to top management positions at a rate of 42.1% compared with white women at 10%.Black‚ coloured and Indian men are being recruited into these positions at a significantly slower pace of 17.9%‚ 3.3% and 6% respectively.Kabinde said that the shift in statistics from 2014 to 2015 shows that transformation is happening but at a rate that is much too slow.Kabinde also quoted the 2015 Jack Hammer Executive Report which found that black South African CEOs declined from 15% in 2012 to 10% in 2015.“We are quite concerned about this and we are saying it's time to engage more with the private sector‚” she said.She also said that top managers ought to strategically prioritise employment equity if change is to take place.

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