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Leadership Training in South Africa – Does it Deliver?

If the public and media are emphasizing a need for ethical leaders - where is knowledge of ethics taught, distilled and instilled?  Which leadership development providers use the word 'ethics' in their online course descriptions? What should leadership training include? There's no doubt that South Africa is floundering under weak leaders in government and the…
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How Job Ads Disadvantage Applicants

When job adverts don't disclose pay information, they set in motion the start of a potentially unfair wage negotiation. Economists use the term 'Asymmetric Information' to describe the act of purposefully withholding information that could impact a negotiation. Asymmetric Information and Recruitment Policy Using Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn I've been encouraging the public to ask why…
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WHAT IS LEGAL ABOUT LEARNERSHIP STIPEND DEDUCTIONS?

Complaints about some employers making stipend deductions and others requiring learners to repay stipends have surfaced more prominently this year than previously. Claims of Deductions and Repayment Threats The following are comments posted on Keep Climbing by learners questioning stipend deductions. Businesses named are welcome to send their statements and I will publish them. Learner…
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Apply for Banking Learnerships

Want a career in banking and micro-finance? Two banking learnerships are available, Banking Service Advisor if you have matric and Management Development for tertiary graduates. Closing date for applications is 31 August 2017 Two Great Opportunities - Prepare Carefully These ads provide clear instructions to candidates about what they must do to impress recruiters. Note…
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Kelly Kills Unfair BANKSETA Learnership Ad

After complaints that a learnership ad without stipend and proper career info was unfair, not pro-poor and against the best interests of the public, the ad was swiftly removed and replaced by Kelly. Graduates and school leavers interested in finance careers are encouraged to apply. #talkpay Agitation on LinkedIn Pays Off When you criticise business…
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Public Enemy: Job Ads No Pay information

Before you apply for a job and enter a wage negotiation, know the salary range the business can commit to.  Job ads withholding pay information are often not real opportunities but labour market surveys conducted by companies to see what skills are available at reduced prices.  Depending on this information, a job is created. There…
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Are Learnership Stipends Fair? Trapped Between Business and Black Tax

This post asks if the youth are participating in effective job-training programmes.  Learner complaints show how SETAs fail to support and monitor accredited organisations and employers, thereby allowing for a range of irregularities and questionable practices. Is Business Heroic? Companies are rewarded for providing learnerships. They receive generous BEE points and tax rebates, often raking…
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Agreeing to Income Inequality

The 'working poor,' are increasing. These people spend their productive time in jobs that don't pay them enough to build wealth. They only receive enough to survive on. They will likely never be able to change their economic status as they can't afford to.  If you earn enough to build your wealth, you can buy…
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Find Jobs Online in Trending Industries

Understand trends so you know how to exert power during recruitment negotiations. In sectors of high unemployment, job seeker financial needs will be sacrificed for business profitability and sustainability. Find Jobs in Trending Industries If you look for jobs in industries that show least growth - you will be more open to an aggressive recruitment…
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Why people work for less pay or below market rate

There is a recruitment belief that there is always someone better and cheaper out there. This pressures applicants to reduce their rate and have their perceptions of 'worth' shaped by a biased interviewer. Ask Why Asking why companies withhold salary ranges from recruitment adverts has quite rightly, resulted in a ripped can of worms. Unfortunately…
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Truworths and the Market Related Salary

I've recently criticised a Truworths recruitment strategy targeting vulnerable youth for withholding information and tricking applicants to  interviews. Truworths doesn't disclose salary ranges in adverts claiming it's 'market related' offers would be misunderstood and that applicants have fair opportunity to negotiate at an interview.  Poor Truworths? Truworths is a Cape Town-based, South African clothing retailer, with 728…
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Truworths Job Ads Against Public Interest?

Many recruitment adverts target unemployed youth and new market entrants (first-time job seekers). These adverts often fail to disclose pay, we must ask why companies need this negotiation advantage over these young inexperienced applicants. “Never hide things from hardcore thinkers. They get more aggravated, more provoked by confusion than the most painful truths.” ― Criss Jami…
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