IF you are looking for a job or are a potential job seeker, expect that you are going to be credit checked. Not only that, the employment agencies take the extermination even further by discrediting the job applicant who appears on the SAPS criminal administration system (CAS) for an alleged offence dating back 15 years or so.
Of depressing concern is that even if the alleged offence was dismissed in court and there was no conviction, a SAPS captain told me that this stayed on police records until removed only by the president. This then means that employment agencies who use this as their selection criterion will never consider short-listing you.
As a result of the current economic situation (even globally), most South Africans are listed at a credit bureau. Due to this, it will be totally impossible to have an opportunity for employment if the crudeness and myopia of the employment agencies and employers are anything to go by.
What is also inexplicable is how in this day of logic and circumstantial reflective thinking these employment agencies can create and assume direct correlation between credit checking and the designation of certain jobs. What worries most is the blindfolded mindset of connecting credit check information indiscriminately to all the jobs that the employment agencies are recruiting for.
This is even going to disadvantage unfairly recently qualified and unemployed graduates who as a result of the current socio-economic situation are already immersed in credit issues while at a tertiary institution.
Admittedly, some designated jobs may require credit checking. But for an employment agency just to apply this to every job is so high-handed.
These are definitely draconian measures whose malice has to be exposed through intensive and high level media, social and labour courts intervention, even if it means challenging this diabolic and short-sighted practice up to the highest court in the land.
I have been interviewed in the past by employment agencies resulting in successful placements. Issues of credit checks and alleged ancient criminal records were never brought up then.
This seems to be a relatively recent denigrating and discriminatory practice that really needs national and governmental attention. I mention governmental because, the government's objective and planning, among others, is to address unemployment,
If the job description or key performance areas of a particular job are X, Y and Z, then surely it becomes imperative to establish how and why X, Y and Z has to be correlated to credit checking. Is success on all jobs determined by credit checks?
I was just interviewed for a position that had no correlation at all to credit checking but was told it would be done. I hope this is not a strategy to counteract the momentum of affirmative action and employment equity.
Also disparaging is when the employment agencies use a job applicant's alleged criminal record that dates back 14 or 15 years ago as a recruitment criterion for all jobs. In the eyes of the employment agency and the prospective employer, the job applicant will always be a criminal till death.
This is diabolic and judgemental absolutism at it's best. It seems the job applicant's academic credentials, work experience and competencies are not given weight at all.
Employment agencies, you must discern and transcend these stereotypical concrete mental walls. Please scratch deeper than the surface because things are not always what they seem to be.
Concerned citizen, Port Elizabeth