WORD OF THE ED

Dear Esteemed Member,

Happy New Year 2023!

We are extremely excited to have you on board as part of the FUE Membership Community this New Year. According to Plato, ’The beginning is the most important part of the work’. As we start the 2023 journey, we are determined to improve human resources practices, strengthen the industrial sector, improve infrastructure and enhance maximum productivity for socio-economic development as we work towards achieving Uganda’s Vision 2040.

2023 has started on a positive note with a budding partnership after we hosted representatives from the Netherlands Senior Experts (PUM). PUM is an organisation of over 2000 Dutch experts based in the Netherlands offering knowledge on a voluntary basis in over 30 developing countries and emerging markets worldwide in order to foster business growth. PUM seeks to support SMEs thrive in their business endeavors. We are pleased for the opportunity to partner with PUM to support Employers in Uganda shape their businesses to increase job creation, Global Domestic Product (GDP) and Tax Revenue.

I am delighted to notify you that the Employer of the Year Awards (EYA) Survey is running again this year to recognize outstanding Employers that have applied best human resource practices to achieve decent work. The FUE Salary Survey 2023 is also in the pipeline as we work to support organisations with accurate salary and compensation data to attract and retain the best talent to enhance employer competiteveness. In regards to capacity building, we encourage you to enroll your female colleagues into the Female Future Program 2023 intake beginning 10th February 2023 as well as acquaint yourself with The FUE Training Calendar 2023 which is offering a variety of physical and virtual training sessions to equip Employers with the right skill-sets for efficient service delivery.

In addition, we shall convene several high-level policy engagements to document Employers’ views on various policy positions. We have a lot in store for you this year and look forward to your active participation. Stay tuned for the Annual General Meeting, Employer of the Year Awards Survey and Dinner, CEO Breakfast Meetings, The FUE Employers Conference and The Annual Women Leadership Conference.

We are readily available and at your service always. Let 2023 be a year of great achievements and boundless prosperity in all your work and business endeavors!

Thank you,
Together for Employers.

Douglas Opio

Executive Director.

In this Issue

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FUE-PUM PARTNERSHIP

The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) 2017 reveal that over 90% of the private sector in Uganda consists of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). SMEs are important contributors to growth and employment in the developing world and create employment for a significant share of the Ugandan labour force.

We were honored to host representatives from the Netherlands Senior Experts (PUM), Mr. Ton Voortman, the Sector Coordinator Incubators and Business Support Organisation and Mr. Andrew, a Local PUM Representative at our head offices in Kiwanga-Namanve on 16th and 17th January 2023. PUM is an organisation of over 2000 Dutch experts based in the Netherlands offering knowledge on a voluntary basis in over 30 developing countries and emerging markets worldwide in order to foster business growth. PUM has assisted over 40,000 business globally since 1978.

PUM focuses on supporting Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and business incubators to achieve sustainable and inclusive growth. They offer trainings, seminars, coaching and send experts to assist SMEs thrive. The fields of expertise include Food Security, Health, Environment, Services, Industry and Trade.

We look forward to building a sturdy partnership with PUM to offer support and guidance to SMEs and Young Employers. Stay tuned for details on how to apply for a PUM expert to shape your business.

Visit www.pum.nl for more information. If you would like to apply for advice from a PUM expert, contact Patrick Ajuna, FUE-PUM Focal Person patrick.ajuna@fuemployers.org .

PUM has carried out a few projects in Uganda. Watch the video below to understand a few details of PUM projects.

TRIPARTITE PARTNERS’ WORKSHOP TO IMPROVE PROSPECTS INITIATIVE IN UGANDA

The Federation of Uganda Employers (FUE), Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) and National Organization of Trade Unions (NOTU) participated in three-day workshop organised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The main purpose of the workshop was to strengthen existing and future partnerships for effective and efficient implementation of the PROSPECTS programme in Uganda in line with the Government’s Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) commitments as outlined in the various sector plans. The workshop was held from Monday, 23rd to Wednesday, 25th January, 2023 at Speke Resort, Munyonyo.

The Partnership For Improving Prospects For Forcibly Displaced Persons And Host Communities Initiative In Uganda (PROSPECTS) is a project being implemented with the intention to facilitate transitioning from humanitarian to development-centered approach by improving access of host communities and forcibly displaced people to employment and livelihood opportunities through education, training, decent work, social protection and inclusion believed to be sustainable solutions to building a more inclusive, cohesive and productive society. The project is being implemented in the four refugee hosting districts of Arua, Terego, Madi-Okolo and Isingiro under three pillars – Inclusion, Self-Reliance and Sustainable Development for a four-year period with funding from the Government of the Netherlands in partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank (WB).

Within the framework of this PROSPECTS Uganda project, FUE with the support from ILO implemented the following project components in 2022 in order to promote employment opportunities and decent work for the forcibly displaced persons and host communities:

There were various recommendations after the workshop such as encouraging implementing partners to improve the sustainability of the project, improving capacity to continue delivering project activities, increasing awareness of the targeted communities, enacting the necessary national policies and plans to support the project results, leveraging and creating synergies across project implementing partners as well as scalability of results to more beneficiaries. Additionally, the need to promote transparency, accountability and timely reporting by all implementing partners was emphasized.

FUE SALARY SURVEY 2023!

According to Pearl Mayer (2017), about 38% of employees leave their jobs as a result of “inadequate salary and benefits.” Similarly, the findings from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) study on employee retention factors indicate that more than four-fifths of employers had difficulty retaining employees. This complex labour market situation implies that there is no shortcut or substitution for valid, quality, salary survey data and compensation report.

In view of the above, FUE invites your company to participate in The FUE Salary Survey 2023. This survey is conducted annually to provide organisations with accurate salary and compensation data to attract and retain the best talent to enhance employer competitiveness. This survey targets all employers both FUE member and non-member companies in all sectors of the economy with specific focus on five sectors namely; Manufacturing, Agriculture, Health, Insurance, NGOs, Tourism and Hospitality.

Participation fees for FUE members will be UGX. 3,000,000/= and for FUE Non-Members will be UGX. 5,000,000/= to cover all survey related costs. We will issue a report containing the most recent market data on salary and other benefits for the participating companies at no cost after the survey process.

Click the link below to confirm participation

For more information contact Patrick Ajuna, the Policy and Research Officer on patrick.ajuna@fuemployers.org | +256 772 844 031 or Dan Okanya on dan.okanya@fuemployers.org | +256 754 738 563.

FEMALE FUTURE PROGRAM 2023!

The Female Future Leadership Program (FFP) 2023 Intake is Open! FFP seeks to inspire, motivate and empower women leaders to thrive in various spaces of work, leadership and business.

Sign up today for the 20th and 21st Cohorts of FFP starting 10th February 2023.

For more information contact Fatmah Nsereko, fatmah.nsereko@fuemployers.org or Joy Ebong, joy.ebong@fuemployers.org.

FUE TRAINING CALENDAR 2023!

Professional Development at the workplace improves productivity and enhances employee retention. Our Training Calendar offers various capacity-building trainings to equip Employers with relevant skills for business growth.

Click the link below to download

If you would like a customized training suited to your organisation needs, contact our Training Manager, Mr. Yusuf Nsubuga, yusuf.nsubuga@fuemployers.org or +256 702 780 515 | +256 783 717 110.

FUE MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTION 2023!

Dear Esteemed Member,

Welcome to 2023! It’s a new chapter and we are excited to have you on board.

You are kindly reminded to remit your FUE 2023 Membership Subscription as indicated on your membership invoice. The subscription fee will provide you with access to all services and benefits in your membership category.

In light of the above, all members are hereby informed that we will hold our 44th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday 24th March 2023 wherein paid up members shall participate in election of the Federation’s office bearers for the period of 2023-2024 in accordance with Article 41 of the FUE Constitution 2022.

If you would like to upgrade your membership category, feel free to contact us on info@fuemployers.org | 0392 777 410.

We look forward to your positive response.

FUE RECEPTION BLOCK CONTRIBUTIONS

The FUE Governing Council wishes to inform all members of the ongoing construction of the FUE Reception Block at our head offices in Kiwanga-Namanve. We are currently running a fundraising drive to raise funds to complete this reception block as approved by the resolution of the 42nd Annual General Meeting.

The amount needed to complete this project is One Hundred Fifteen Million Uganda Shillings Only (UGX. 115,000,000/=). We are grateful for the members that have contributed to this great cause.

If you would like to contribute to this project, kindly contact info@fuemployers.org | 0392 777 410.

We look forward to your positive response.

UPCOMING EVENTS 2023