Employment Equity barriers in the workplace

In true South African fashion, any means to improve the lives of the previously disadvantaged will be implemented to ensure that all citizens of the democratic republic, achieve equal opportunities to improve the lives of their own and their families. One of these means is Employment Equity.

The Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998 aims to remove discrimination, implement affirmative action, and promote equity, equality, opportunity, remuneration, and development for all employees in the workplace. Since its introduction and implementation within the local lexicon, many organisations have tasked employing labour experts to draft workplace policies. This is to ensure that they comply with the Act, to avoid extreme fines and penalties, which in many cases have led to bankruptcy for many organisations.

This can be done through an Employment Equity Plan. The Employment Equity Plan aims to enable the employer “to achieve reasonable progress towards Employment Equity”, to assist in eliminating unfair discrimination in the workplace, and to achieve equitable representation of employees from designated groups by means of affirmative action measures.  One way this can be disrupted is through Employment Equity barriers. These are “the reasons for under-representation of designated employees in the workforce profile.


How to address Employment Equity Barriers

Identifying any Employment Equity barriers within your workplace is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to avoid penalties and troubleshoot the lack of equity in the workplace. An Employment Equity barrier analysis looks at two areas of focus: Employment policies and procedures and practice. The following steps must be followed to identify barriers that may prevent your EE plan from succeeding.

1.      Project team for barrier analysis

2.      Launch barrier analysis project in the organisation

3.      Collect Information

3.1  Policy and procedure related to employment at your company

3.2  Practices related to Management of Employees

3.3 Employee Records

4.      Analysis

4.1  Policy and Procedure

4.2  Practices related to the management of Employees

4.3  Workplace Profile analysis

5.      Report

6.      Consult EE Forum


Once an Employment Equity barrier analysis has been completed, a full-proof Employment Equity Plan can be developed following the results collected. As leaders in business consulting, Adson will assist your business in being compliant. Our equity experts will develop and implement an Employment Equity Plan and submission of required reports for your business. These services also include:

Policy Revision

Assisting with the development or revising of policies and procedures according to barriers and affirmative action measures on the EEA13

Procedure Development

Policy and procedure development or revising, Employee Consultation, and presentation

Equity Manager

Assisting with the presentation of a max of 15 employees per presentation and Assisting with the appointing of an Employment Equity Manager

Training Facilitation

Attending all scheduled Training Committee meetings and forum meetings, throughout the year and supplying input where necessary (for Companies with 50 or more employees).


When assessing the barriers to achieving equitable representation in the workplace, bear in mind that the hindrance that may surface could be linked to informal workplace rules that make it difficult to establish a healthy working environment for the previously disadvantaged. Identified barriers need to be paired up with valuable solutions, with a timeline when presenting an Employment Equity Plan. Effective means of solving problems need to be identified to solidify the Employment Equity Plan before it is presented. The main barriers that are in most cases identified usually fall under gender, race, and access to work opportunities. Affirmative Action Measures are in most cases a remedy for the above-mentioned. Identifying Employment Equity barriers can help increase staff morale, lead to more government funding and opportunities, and assist in creating a democratic workplace that is representative of South Africa and equitable for every citizen.


Our equity experts will develop and implement an Employment Equity Plan and submission of required reports for your business. Get in touch with us to get started

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