25 September 2023

SOUTH AFRICA: PS to hire unqualified recruits

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The South African Government has announced that people will soon be recruited for entry-level jobs in the Public Service without requiring any previous qualification or experience.

The amended regulations, which will take effect on 1 April next year, are seen as an attempt to reduce the high rate of youth unemployment in the country.

Minister for the Public Service and Administration, Ayanda Dlodlo (pictured) said the initiative would enhance the Government’s human resource development capacity and remove unnecessary barriers to entry into the Public Service.

“There will also be a provision of a platform for new graduates to acquire required experience in their lifelong career paths — this will attract new and innovative blood into the Public Service,” Ms Dlodlo said.

“These changes will not do away with the inherent requirements of professional fields such as engineering, science and medicine.”

She said it would be structured in such a way that it does not compromise the professional and technical requirements for various fields.

Ms Dlodlo said she was also determined to introduce a paperless administration across the Public Service, and to this end an e-recruitment system would be rolled out in December.

“As a Government, we are concerned that we took long to evolve in this process, resulting in young people, who mostly are tech savvy, enduring the burden of incurring unnecessary costs when applying for positions in the Public Service,” the Minister said.

“The world has moved on and the Public Service needs to keep up and embrace the digital age in all its processes.”

Pretoria, 23 November 2018

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