Small businesses are unable to compete with big businesses in terms of employment packages. As a result most school leavers f ind their f irst employment in small businesses where they secure experience and skills. This deep investment made by an entrepreneur is seldom rewarded since the employee moves onto softer, easier options offered by big businesses and government. The loss of this employee has a profound i mpact on small business owners who seldom recoup their investment thus discouraging further employment.
We call for a f irst-time employment subsidy made up of R15 000 for any business owner employing a f irst-time employee remaining in their employ for 12 months or more.