Adcorp sounds alarm over sick leave
Fin24 - May 11th 2012, 07:56
Johannesburg - South Africa lost R3.9bn worth of output last year to sick leave and absenteeism, recruitment company Adcorp said on Thursday.
"The cost to the economy has been enormous. Due to the unplanned and unpredictable nature of sick leave, the knock-on disruptive effects on supply chains has probably been greater than these figures suggest."
Average output per worker was R140 855 a year, or R574.92 a working day.
In 2011, 3.4 million workers were absent because of sick leave, according to the Adcorp Employment Index.
Sick leave taken had increased by 397% from 2000, when 0.7 million workers were absent.
In real terms, the economy had lost a cumulative R47.5bn since 2000.
Between 2009 and 2011, a quarter of all workers took up in full the maximum statutory allowance for sick leave, of 36 days in a three-year cycle.
"Sickness-related absenteeism has increased four-fold since 2007," Adcorp said.
This was despite the fact that employment numbers were virtually flat over the decade.
The rise of absenteeism may also have contributed to the growing phenomenon of temporary or contingency workers, the company suggested. Roughly half of agency workers were employed as substitutes for absent employees.
Absenteeism was most pronounced in the government sector. A third of public sector workers were absent for health reasons, compared to 9.2% of private sector workers.
Poor managerial oversight, lax administrative controls, outmoded information systems and weak human resource functions in the government sector appeared to contribute to the poor control of absenteeism, Adcorp said.
Heavily unionised sectors such as mining, transport, logistics, and utilities were also affected. Non-unionised sectors such as finance, personal services, communication, wholesale and retail trade, and agriculture, were less affected.
In genuine cases of illness, the nature of the work itself could be implicated. However, in false cases, the take up of sick leave allowances could be a function of how generous those allowances were, and the degree to which absenteeism was monitored and controlled.
"It is alarming that sick leave in South Africa has been rising continuously over the past decade, with no signs of reversing," Adcorp said.
It noted that 69 780 jobs were created in April, with employment growing at an annualised rate of 4.3%. This was the fourth consecutive month in which employment growth had been strong. Temporary work rose by 5.8%.
Together with permanent jobs, which grew by 4.2%, these sectors were the strongest performers. Formal sector employment represented 72.3% of the gain, adding 50 587 jobs.
Informal sector employment accounted for the remaining 19 193 jobs.
Mining jobs fell sharply at 11.8%, as did manufacturing jobs at 6.2% respectively.
Transport, logistics and communications increased by 19.4%.
Employment growth was robust in retail and wholesale trade (11.2%) and construction (7.6%), the index showed.
Iran ramps up wheat buying
18/06/2013 - 08:30
London - Iran has ramped up its campaign to import wheat, buying more than 800,000 tonnes in two weeks in what some traders said was a drive to ensure adequate supplies for a possibly tense period after Friday's election.
SA maize falls after USDA report
14/06/2013 - 08:20
Johannesburg - South African corn declined for a second day after a report from the US Department of Agriculture showed more production than anticipated.
Mr Delivery opts for three wheels to service new Pick n Pay contract
11/06/2013 - 08:29
Mr Delivery opts for three wheels, times 60 Mr Delivery has acquired 60 Mahindra three-wheeler vehicles, fitted with specially designed, lockable canopies, to service a new contract for the Pick n Pay Online Shopping delivery service, which operates from a number of hubs in the country.
Tablet shipments to surpass portable PCs in 2013
03/06/2013 - 09:29
According to a new forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, tablet shipments are expected to grow 58.7% year over year in 2013 reaching 229.3 million units, up from 144.5 million units last year.
Costco Q3 profit climbs 19%; to open nine clubs by September
31/05/2013 - 09:48
Issaquah, Wash. -- Costco Corp. reported Thursday that net income for the quarter ended May 12 increased a higher-than-expected 19% on increased sales and member fees. The wholesale club operator earned $459 million in the third quarter, up from $386 million in the year-ago period.