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Competition Commission refers 3 recruitment advertising firms to Tribunal

The commission says the firms agreed on how to rotate work among each other, which is in contravention of the Competition Act.

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JOHANNESBURG – The Competition Commission has referred three advertising practitioners specialising in recruitment advertising services to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution for price fixing, market division and collusive tendering.

The commission says an investigation into Human Communications, Kone Staffing and Jobvest shows the firms discussed and agreed on prices at which to quote their clients, which include mostly government departments and municipalities.

The companies’ services include linking job seekers to potential employers and assisting their clients place and respond to advertisements in newspapers.

The commission says the firms agreed on how to rotate work among each other, which is in contravention of the Competition Act.