The South African labour market is in a state of flux. Labour practices are changing, and the demand for skilled workers is increasing. At the same time, technology is transforming how businesses operate, which has a profound impact on the labour market.
South Africa has over 10 million young people aged 15-24 years, and 7,7 million of this group of young people are out of the labour force. The main reason is discouragement, as many young people have simply given up looking for work.
The youth is the future of South Africa’s labour market and the economy. This unemployment rate is not only a concern for the labour market but also social stability. It will take a combined effort from the government, businesses, and labour specialists to address this challenge.
This article will explore the role of temporary employment services (TES) providers in the current and future labour markets. We will discuss how TES providers are helping businesses meet their staffing needs, and we will look at how technology is affecting the way TES providers do business.
If you would like a more hands-on solution to your labour needs, MASA is here to help. We are a labour outsourcing powerhouse dominating the temporary and permanent employment landscape with four decades of experience. Contact us now to learn more about our solutions.
Temporary employment services in SA
South Africa is not new to the temporary employment services (TES) industry. In fact, the country has a long history of using labour brokers to meet its staffing needs.
A labour broker is an intermediary between a business and a worker. The labour broker provides the company with workers to meet its staffing needs, and the labour broker pays the workers.
The use of labour brokers has come under scrutiny in recent years, as there have been instances of abuse and exploitation. However, the industry has changed to ensure that these abuses do not happen, and TES providers play an essential role in the South African labour market.
How TES will shape the labour market
The South African labour market is changing, and the demand for skilled workers is increasing. This is where TES providers can help businesses meet their staffing needs:
Flexible staffing solutions
TES providers offer flexible staffing solutions that clients can tailor to the needs of their business. This means they only pay for the workers they need when they need them, which is crucial in times of significant change and uncertainty.
TES providers have a database of workers with the skills and experience that businesses need. These databases are constantly growing as South Africa becomes increasingly connected.
TES providers pre-screen workers to ensure they are a good fit for the business. This saves businesses time and money, as they do not have to screen workers themselves.
Training and development
TES providers offer training and development programmes to workers. This helps businesses upskill their workforce and meet the ever-changing needs of the labour market.
The future of TES and the labour market
Technology is transforming how businesses operate, which has a profound impact on the labour market. TES providers are using technology to their advantage, and they can offer a more efficient and cost-effective service than ever before.
TES providers are using technology to connect businesses with workers, and they are also using technology to manage the payroll and administrative tasks associated with TES.
Technology will also transform the labour market as businesses increasingly rely on machines and artificial intelligence to do the work humans have traditionally done. Human workers will still hold the comparative advantage with abilities like creativity, social intelligence and perception and manipulation; however, we will have to find new ways to use these abilities as technology continues to change the labour market.
Globalisation is accelerating the changes we see in the labour market, and TES providers are at the forefront of these changes. TES providers have the opportunity to shape the future of the labour market, and they are well-positioned to do so.
What does this mean for businesses?
The future of the labour market is uncertain, but one thing is sure: TES providers will play a vital role in helping businesses meet their staffing needs. The use of labour brokers is likely to increase in the future as companies seek to reduce costs and become more flexible.
TES providers adapting to the changing labour market will be in a solid position to succeed. MASA is at the forefront of the TES industry, and we use technology to connect businesses with workers. We also use technology to manage the payroll and administrative tasks associated with TES.
If you are a business in need of a flexible staffing solution, contact MASA today. We can help you find the workers you need when you need them.