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The Aims and Challenges of Recruitment in South Africa

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Recruitment in South Africa are constantly facing new challenges due to changes in technology, labour laws etc. However the biggest challenge of recruitment in South Africa still remains finding the best person for the job. Over the past years, the job market has gone through some changes in terms of technology, sources of recruitment, competition in the market etc. In a market like South Africa where skills are lacking in key areas, practises like poaching and raiding are gaining momentum therefore HR professionals are constantly facing new challenges due to recruitment in South Africa. In order to find the most qualified person for the job HR professionals must overcome various challenges.

Major Challenges can include:

• How will a company adapt to globalisation? The world is always changing, therefore HR professionals are also expected and required to maintain new trends and standards with regard to recruitment in South Africa. In order to gain a competitive advantage, it is wise to recruit a diverse range of employees in order to gain knowledge from different backgrounds.

• Lack of motivation in recruitment in South Africa. HR professionals are not normally rewarded for the effort that they put into recruitment. Even if the organisation started to achieve results from their employees, the HR department is not thanked for their effort for bringing the best employees.

• Process analysis – The immediacy and speed of the recruitment process are the main concerns of the HR in recruitment. The process should be flexible, adaptive and responsive to the immediate requirements. The recruitment process should also be cost effective.

• There is a lack of broadly consistent growth in client portfolios since 2000. After years of easy money making (1982-2000) clients are flat and financial advisors are more challenged than ever to show results in client accounts. Thus client psychology is badly damaged from the latest meltdown and that is putting pressure on revenues. Contraction leads to less hiring.

There is however some light at the end of tunnel for recruitment in South Africa, employment grew by 5.6% during March, its strongest growth in more than two and a half years, according to new data.
A survey done by recruitment, public relations and market research company, Adcorp showed that employment was boosted by a 18.3% rise in employment by the transport sector and a 13.6% rise in employment in the electricity sector. This was also supported by increases in employment in the mining, agricultural, professional and machine operator sector.

“Since January 2000, when Adcorp first compiled these statistics for South Africa, traditional permanent employment has declined by 20.9% (representing 1.9 million people) and temporary, contract and other forms of “atypical” employment has increased by 64.1% (representing 2.4 million people),” Adcorp added.

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