Hiring trends in South Africa in 2016
With hiring managers focused on cost saving in light of the economic downturn, the recruitment process became far more protracted in 2016.
Jobseeker confidence was low and many sought guarantees around increased salaries, bonuses and career development opportunities before accepting new roles.
Hiring levels remained low across the mining and resources industry as it continued to struggle with softer commodity prices and there was an uncertain outlook for the industry as a whole. Despite these challenges, companies continued to focus on improving their IT infrastructure and demand for technology professionals remained strong.
When companies did hire they sought candidates with strong industry experience, this was particularly evident within legal, finance and IT, where professionals with five to seven years’ experience were in demand. Specifically, companies were looking for internationallyminded professionals with strong business acumen and the ability to quickly assimilate into the organisation as they looked to minimise the downtime often experienced during on-boarding.