Competition Commission prosecutes recruitment specialists

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Pretoria - The Competition Commission has decided to prosecute three advertising practitioners specializing in recruitment advertising services for price fixing, market division and collusive tendering.

The decision followed an investigation by the Commission which found that Human Communications (Pty) Ltd (Human Communications), Kone Staffing (Pty) Ltd (Kone) and Jobvest (Pty) Ltd (Jobvest) collectively discussed and agreed on prices at which to quote their customers.

“The Respondents discussed their responses to requests for quotations and decided on the price which each would tender for its services. The Respondents agreed on how to rotate advertising work amongst each other.

"This constitutes price fixing, market division and collusive tendering in contravention of section 4(1)(b)(i), (ii) and (iii) of the Competition Act,” the Competition Commission said on Thursday.

According to the Competition Commission, the respondent’s services include linking job seekers to potential employers and assisting their clients place advertisements in newspapers.

They also receive and process responses to the advertisements on behalf of clients. Their main clients are government departments and municipalities.

Furthermore, an agreement to engage in collusion is presumed among the respondents as they had a director in common between 2006 and 2015.

The Commission said it is of the view that the respondents were engaged in horizontal restrictive practices (a relationship between competitors at the same level).

The Commission has referred the matter to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution.

“As the Commission we remain steadfast in our commitment to rooting out collusive and anti-competitive practices which impact negatively on South Africa’s quest towards an inclusive economy and job creation,” said the Competition Commissioner Tembinkosi Bonakele. –

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