Skills Development

The Skills Development Act seeks to empower the South African workforce with skills, ensure employees access more opportunities for skill acquisition; create space for the new entrants to the labour market to gain work experience, introduce transformative tools through training and education to redress unfair discrimination practices in the labour market. This Act emphasises the provision and regulation of employment services to ensure its purposes realised.

  • All employers/companies who have an annual payroll in excess of R500 000 and who are registered with the South African Revenue Service (SARS) must also register with SARS to pay the skills development levy, totalling 1% of the value of the company’s monthly salary and wage expenditure.
  • All registered companies are then allocated a particular SETA based on the core business undertaking of the company (i.e. their primary sector of engagement in industry).
  • Companies also need to submit an Annual Training Report (ATR) and a Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) every year.
  • As of 2014, the deadline for submissions is 30 April.
  • By submitting the ATR and the WSP on time, companies are able to claim back a portion of their annual skills development levy contribution.

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