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Whites still hold top jobs - report

By McKeed Kotlolo | Aug 25, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

WHITES still occupy the majority of top management positions and earn more than blacks even where blacks are in the majority when it comes to skills.

This according to the 9th annual report of the Commission for Employment Equity released in Pretoria yesterday.

Out of an economically active population of 17776000 there were 2152000 economically active whites - and the majority of them were occupying top and senior positions in the workplaces, both in government and the private sector.

The report also showed a "disproportionate over-representation of white people in general, white males in particular, in the top echelons in most organisations, and the under-representation of people with disabilities, coloureds and Africans".

Whites' economically active population (EAP) was 12,1percent but their workforces totaled 72,8percent, while Africans with an EAP of 74,1 percent only had a 13,6percent workforce. Coloureds' EAP was 10,8percent but their workforce was only 4,7percent, while Indians with an EAP of 3percent had 5,9percent employed.

Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana condemned white employers for discriminating against coloureds and people with disabilities.


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