Unscrupulous agencies are companies, organisations or individuals who run their businesses illegally, posing as recruiters and promising employment / job opportunities to people seeking employment / jobs.
With the increase of jobless rate (25.5 %) in our Country the unscrupulous agencies / fake recruiters have taken advantage of the situation and luring desperate job seekers by promising them employment only to rob them of their monies.
Be vigilant of these unscrupulous agencies!
According to the Department of Labour:
- All recruitment companies are required to register with the Department of Labour as a Private Employment Agency: when you’re dealing with an employment agency for the first time, ask them to provide you with their Private Employment Agency Certificate (or PEA certificate) number, issued by the Department of Labour and renewed every two years, which by law has to be visibly displayed at their premises. If they don’t have one or are reluctant to provide you with this information, be wary. Rather walk away and find another agency to assist you. (Ref: Skills and Development Act Chapter 6, Clause 24. The Department of Labour can advise you whether an agency is registered or not.
How to know you are dealing with an Unscrupulous Agency:
- You will be asked to pay a certain amount of money - Avoid any jobs requiring a commitment fee, caution fee, processing fee, test fee, allocation fee or placement fee – it’s a sure sign that it’s a scam.
- Some companies approach job seekers via email and offer a job in another country. Look out for an obscure email address, badly designed company website with no traceable phone number or address; this should all be red flags.
- When you are promised a “Work-at-home” and money transfer opportunities. Here, payment processing positions are most likely to be scams designed to obtain a job seeker’s bank account details in order to steal money from them.
- When you are guaranteed commissions or big earnings – This is a big red flag. The job offered is purposely vague and designed to entice a low-income job seeker with the promise of massive earnings. Be very sceptical of any plan that ever uses the terms “guaranteed” and “lots of money” in the same sentence.
- When a company promises you to “Get rich quick” – These scams entice job seekers with the “passive income” opportunity. The more absurd the offer, the higher are the odds that it’s a work from home scam. The only people getting rich are the ones selling these plans!
To avoid being a victim of circumstances:
The South African Department of Labour introduced the (Employment Services of South Africa – ESSA) in 2007 at 125 Labour Centres across the country. At first, individuals had to stand in queues to get registered but recently the system was upgraded and ESSA Online was implemented.
With the ESSA online system an individual that is looking for a learning or work opportunity must register and after registering they must login and will be able to search the database for available opportunities.
Employment Services of South Africa
To learn more about the ESSA online system, contact the Department of Labour