Are you a Designated Employer and have to submit your Employment Equity Forms?

Are you uncertain as to whether you are required, by law, to submit your employment equity forms?

The submission window to submit your employment equity forms opens up on the 1st of September 2021.

What is the current definition of a designated employer?

  • An employer who employs 50 or more employees,
  • Or an employer who employs fewer than 50 employees, but has a total annual turnover as reflected in Schedule 4 of the Employment Equity Amendment Act No. 47 of 2013.
  • Municipalities and organs of State
  • Employers can also volunteer to become designated employers in terms of section 14 of the EE Act.


Sector or subsectors in accordance with the Standard Industrial ClassificationTotal Annual Turnover
AgricultureR6,00 million
Mining and QuarryingR22,50 million
ManufacturingR30,00 million
Electricity, Gas and WaterR30.00 million
ConstructionR15,00 million
Retail and Motor Trade and Repair ServicesR45,00 million
Wholesale Trade, Commercial Agents and Allied ServicesR75,00 million
Catering, Accommodation and other TradeR15,00 million
Transport, Storage and CommunicationsR30,00 million
Finance and Business ServicesR30,00 million
Community, Special and Personal ServicesR15,00 million

All designated employers must submit their employment equity reports every year. If you qualify as a Designated Employer and either: Supply incorrect information, do not comply with the Employment Equity Act requirements, or do not submit the documents on time, then the following could occur:

  • You may be fined heavily by the DoL – up to 10% of turnover depending on the severity of contravention.
  • The DoL may visit you and do a full audit on your company.

If you need help in preparing and submitting your employment equity reports or ensuring that your employment equity committee and documents are in order, please feel free to contact us at EconoBEE to assist.

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