Hlkokomelo Mabogale |
The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has taken the “unusual” step of employing over 700 cleaning staff, who were previously subcontracted, as permanent employees. This meaning that the initiative will see 769 cleaning staff joining the ranks of SARS employees from 31 October 2020.
In a statement, the taxman said it has in previous years contracted cleaning services for its offices, but due to the contracts expiring every year, the organisation implemented a project to insource the cleaning staff permanently.
SARS Commissioner Edward Kieswetter said “While at times it makes commercial sense to insource certain services, like facilities cleaning and security, it is not always the best value proposition for the individual employees.”
Kieswetter added that said SARS wanted to create a sense of belonging for these employees. The employees will also get an opportunity to upskills in Sars so that they can occupy other vacancies as and when the openings become available.
The insourced employees will receive benefits such as membership to the Government Employee Pension Fund (GEPF), medical aid and group life cover as part of their total packages.
SARS is considering doing the same with security services in the continued battle to reduce unemployment in our country.