Employment Equity

The Employment Equity Act, Act 55 of 1998, was established to address unfair discrimination and ensure equality in the work place.

The aim of the Employment Equity Act is:

  1. To promote equal opportunities and fair treatment to all in the workplace by eliminating unfair discrimination; and
  2. To implement Affirmative Action (AA) measures to redress the disadvantages in employment experienced in the past by members from designated groups.

According to the Act, organisations that employ more than 50 employees and organisations with less than 50 employees with an annual turnover exceeding the prescribed threshold as per the table below, must draft and submit Employment Equity reports to the Department of Labour by 1st of October annually.


Subsector Total annual turnover
Agriculture R6.00m
Mining and quarrying R22.50m
Manufacturing R30.00m
Electricity, gas and water R30.00m
Construction R15.00m
Retail and motor trade and repair services R45.00m
Wholesale trade, commercial agents and Allied services R75.00m
Catering, accommodation and other trade R15.00m
Transport, storage and communications R30.00m
Finance and business services R30.00m
Community, social and personal services R15.00m


How can we assist you in becoming compliant with the Employment Equity Act?

  1. Facilitation of the process to complete EEA1 forms by all employees.
  2. Facilitation of the process required to establish an EE Committee.
  3. Facilitation of the process to appoint an EE Manager.
  4. Development of the EEA2 (Employment Equity Report).
  5. Development of the EEA4 (Income Differentials Report).
  6. Supply the EEA3 forms – summary of Employment Equity Act (i.e. Posters).
  7. Development of an Analysis Report.
  8. Recommendations to Management and Committee regarding numerical goals & targets and EE Plan.
  9. Consultations/meetings with the Employment Equity Committee and/or Management.
  10. Development of an Employment Equity Plan.
  11. Draft documents required to implement the process successfully:
    1. Appointment letters for EE Manager;
    2. Appointment letters for EE Committee members;
    3. EE Policy;
    4. EE Constitution.
  12. On-line submission of the EEA2 and EEA4 to the Department of Labour.

What are the benefits of becoming compliant?

  1. Ensure legal compliance and avoid huge fines (up to R2.7m).
  2. Increase your B-BBEE (Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment) score by maximising your points on the Employment Equity element of the scorecard.
  3. Fast track the process of creating a diverse workforce.

Contact equity@beyondconsulting.co.za or 011 023 9451/2 for professional Employment Equity services.

The following resources might be of interest to you:

All downloads are provided by the Department of Labour (DoL).