Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) can be defined as a racially selective programme launched by the South African government to redress inequities of apartheid. It aims to bring the black majority into the economic mainstream. 

BEE was introduced to transform the economy to be representative of the demographics of the country. The beneficiaries of BEE are black individuals, which includes those who are Africans, Coloureds, Indians and Chinese individuals who arrived in the country before 1994.

The process is voluntary and there are currently no penalties that apply for failure to meet the compliance targets.

Finding employment for ordinary South Africans can become challenging for individuals who don’t meet the criteria of BEE. At the same time, the introduction of BEE has meant that companies have had to change their recruitment strategies and criteria.

Many companies rely on recruitment agencies to hasten and improve the employment process. These agencies specialise in matching skilled job-seekers with companies that have vacancies available. More companies are relying on recruitment agencies that specialise in BEE placements to facilitate this process.

In terms of BEE requirements, there are various recruitment agencies that specialise in BEE placements.

AMT Placement Services:

AMT specialises in the supply of both local and international, vetted quality, blue and white collar personnel.  The organisation has been operating since 1987 and is fully BEE compliant.’



Established in 1974, Quest has been providing clients with 360 degree staffing solutions.  A Level 2 BBBEE contributor, Quest also aims to be Africa’s leading staffing solutions company within the white-collar recruitment industry.


BEE Recruitment:

Established in 2005 by Cloe Dennis and Lorna O’Brien, BEE Recruitment is based in Cape Town. The recruitment agency was established to focus specifically on black economic empowerment recruitment.