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Investigating employer interaction with the Employment Services of South Africa (ESSA) 2013 - All provinces

Version
1.0
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Arends, Fabian
  • Reddy, Vijiyaluxmi
  • Human Sciences Research Council
Publication Date
2015-12-11
Embargo End Date
2015-12-11
Contributor
  • Human Sciences Research Council (Producer)
Funding Reference
  • Department of Higher Education and Training
Free Keywords
Schema: UK DATA ARCHIVE - HASSET
EMPLOYERS; EMPLOYMENT SERVICES OF SOUTH AFRICA; LABOUR MARKET; PRIVATE SECTOR; PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT SERVICES; WORK SEEKERS
Description
  • Abstract

    Description: The data set contains information from employers who have registered vacancies on the ESSA database and covers topics regarding the size and location of their industries, the profile of the work force, experience with ESSA and other recruitment channels used. The data set contains 265 cases and 94 variables. 265 of the 605 employers realised providing a 43.8% realisation.

    Abstract: As part of the Labour Market Intelligence Partnership (LMIP), the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) undertook projects aimed at identifying data held by government departments that would be relevant and useful for skills planning. One involved a high level audit of government databases that contain data on labour demand and supply. The latter LMIS' Data Audit project identified the Employment services of South Africa (ESSA) database under the administration of the Department of Labour's Public Employment Services (PES) branch as having potential to yield valuable labour market information because it is positioned in the critical space where matching of demand and supply takes place in the labour market. This argument was made in recognition that we should be aware of the development of new and useful data systems for incorporation in the skills planning mechanism. In this sense, the ESSA project was investigated with the expectation that in the following years it could mature. If ESSA becomes a larger intermediary, serving greater numbers of employers and work seekers, it can offer an increasingly more detailed picture of intermediation between employers and work seekers. We therefore need to know how enterprises and how work seekers perceive the ESSA as useful or not to their needs and how they interact with ESSA. What we learn through this research will feed into making improvements to the ESSA. The specific aim of this project is therefore to consider how firms' level of participation and the nature of that participation impacts on the value of the data in the ESSA data system. We also want to know more about the quality of data created via administrative processes in interaction with the enterprises. The main aim of the study is to investigate employer interaction with ESSA and to consider ESSA in the context of other recruitment channels used by employers. The greater the number of employers interacting with ESSA in terms of registering vacancies and recruiting from the ESSA database of work seekers, the larger the database records of these transactions will become. Thus rising levels of interaction between clients will make ESSA data richer and more detailed to be used as part of the system needed for skills planning decision making. For datasets to be used to support skills planning they must be of a minimum acceptable quality. Therefore, procedures for capturing registration of vacancies, registration of work seekers and the conclusion of agreements between parties must be a captured and maintained to highest possible levels of accuracy. The report can be accessed on the LMIP website: http://www.lmip.org.za/document/investigating-employer-interaction-employment-services-south-africa-essa

Temporal Coverage
  • 2014 / 2014
Geographic Coverage
  • South Africa (ZA)
Sampled Universe
All employers who have registered a vacancy on the ESSA system during the 2013 calendar year.
Sampling
A convenience sampling technique was applied. It is a non-probability sampling technique where subjects are selected because of their accessibility. The population initially consisted of 1200 entries but once duplicates were removed this total was reduced to 605. All 605 employers formed part of the sample and the summary provides the outcome of the telephonic survey. Total interviews completed: 265 - 44% Duplicates: 21 - 3% Wrong numbers: 76 - 13% Refusals 119: - 20% Other reasons for not participating: 35 - 6% E-mails requested before participation: 19 - 3% Number of maximum call attempts (4) exceeded with no contact made 70: - 12% Total number of firms contacted: 605 - 100%
Time Dimension
  • Other
    Other, This study forms part of a series of studies as part of the Labour Market Intelligence Partnership (LMIP). It is a once off study with no follow-up study intended.
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview
Availability
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Rights
By accessing the data, you give assurance that The data and documentation will not be duplicated, redistributed or sold without prior approval from the rights holder. The data will be used for scientific research or educational purposes only. The data will only be used for the specified purpose. If it is used for another purpose the additional purpose will be registered. Redundant data files will be destroyed. The confidentiality of individuals/organisations in the data will be preserved at all times. No attempt will be made to obtain or derive information from the data to identify individuals/organisations. The HSRC will be acknowledged in all published and unpublished works based on the data according to the provided citation. The HSRC will be informed of any books, articles, conference papers, theses, dissertations, reports or other publications resulting from work based in whole or in part on the data and documentation. For archiving and bibliographic purposes an electronic copy of all reports and publications based on the requested data will be sent to the HSRC. To offer for deposit into the HSRC Data Collection any new data sets which have been derived from or which have been created by the combination of the data supplied with other data. The data team bears no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses. Failure to comply with the End User License may result in sanctions being imposed.
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Update Metadata: 2019-12-15 | Issue Number: 1149 | Registration Date: 2016-06-14

Arends, Fabian; Reddy, Vijiyaluxmi; Human Sciences Research Council (2015): Investigating employer interaction with the Employment Services of South Africa (ESSA) 2013 - All provinces. Version: 1.0. HSRC - Human Science Research Council SA. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.14749/1449577305