The impact of employment equity on the job satisfaction of employees at De Beers Sightholder Sales South Africa
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This field study aims to establish the impact that the implementation of employment equity regulations has on the job satisfaction of staff at De Beers Sightholder Sales South Africa. The company, a subsidiary of De Beers, based in Kimberley in the Northern Cape Province, is primarily a diamond sorting facility and employs approximately 181 staff. Since the inception of employment equity regulations, the company has been implementing strategies to ensure adherence to the objectives of various employment equity legislations. The company‟s challenge is that white females represent 83% of the female staff in middle to top management and technical specialist groups where white males represent 30% of male staff in the same groups. To ensure that it meets certain legislative requirements, the company started a process to create equity and fair representation of all race and gender groups in supervisory and management roles. The study was quantitative in nature, using a non-probability convenience sampling method to select the employees that will be requested to complete a questionnaire. The findings of the field study suggest that the level of understanding on the implementation of employment equity regulations amongst managers and the level of understanding between managers and employees differ. The study also revealed that the employees at De Beers Sightholder Sales South Africa are experiencing high levels of job satisfaction; although, dissatisfaction is experienced by employees in some of the overall job satisfaction dimensions. Implementing and managing employment equity is an ongoing process in any organisation and the organisation can repeat this study to compare the degree of change in perceptions and satisfaction over time.