The Federation of African Professional Staffing Organisations (APSO) has, since its inception in 1977, worked towards the professionalisation and regulation of the labour recruitment industry in South Africa. Although APSO membership is voluntary, for the past three decades, all of our members have subscribed to strict self-regulatory practices including:
- Full legal compliance
- Adherence to the comprehensive Code of Ethical & Professional Practice
- Professional certification of individual recruitment practitioners
- Continuous engagement with various key stakeholders, including SSETA, unions etc.
As a member of the International Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (WEC), APSO is well positioned to ensure that global best practice standards are achieved within the South African context. APSO holds the Africa / Near East seat on the WEC council and participates actively in various WEC initiatives.
APSO currently has a membership base comprising more than 900 companies and individuals cross South Africa. The scope of membership is vast and incorporates the large corporate players and small business (65% are SME). APSO members operate across the broad spectrum of the labour recruitment industry – permanent placements, executive search, ad response handling, temporary employment services, and outsourcing.
APSO is also a founding member of the Confederation of Associations in the Private Employment Sector (CAPES) and is actively involved in lobbying and advocacy initiatives for the industry.