May 2019 – Homecoming Insights: 34% of Africans abroad want to return
The Global Headhunting Firm for Africa
34% of Africans living abroad want to return home, while 22% remain undecided. These are among the key insights gained from our Homecoming Trends Report 2019. Read some more key insights from the report below.
Take a look at some photos from our recently held VIP Cocktail Event at The Saxon where Pan-African professionals gathered to network and hear insights from our report.
We hope you have a great month ahead.
Onwards & Upwards
The Homecoming Revolution Team
|Homecoming Trends Report 2019: Highlights|
|On Wednesday 22nd May 2019 Homecoming Revolution, the “Brain Gain” headhunting firm for Africa, hosted a VIP Cocktail event at the Saxon Hotel where insights from the Homecoming Trends Report 2019 were shared.
There were approximately 2000 respondents, of which, 83% were South African, 11% were West African and 6% were East African.
Of the participants surveyed, 38% are living in the United Kingdom, 17% in the USA and Canada, 16% in Europe, 15% in Australia and New Zealand and 16% had already returned from working abroad.
Comment from Angel Jones, CEO of Homecoming Revolution, “The findings of this qualitative survey have provided us with key insights into the opinions and motivations of South Africans, East Africans and West Africans living abroad. Contrary to popular belief, 34% of Africans want to return home and 22% are still undecided. This is highly encouraging. We welcome recent commentary in the news that the SA economy should start to pick up after this next quarter, and we have faith that President Ramaphosa will help South Africa become a fertile environment to attract skills home.”
Below are some key highlights:
This is one of the most interesting insights gained from the survey. “The fact that 34% want to return and 22% are undecided is highly encouraging, especially because the ‘undecided’ participants could decide to return in the next 5 to 10 years,” comments Angel.
Friends and Family remains the top reason for returning (24%), while Sense of Belonging (17%) and Weather & Lifestyle, (17%) are also key considerations for Africans living in the diaspora. Other factors cited include: Making a Difference (10%), Career (5%), Crime Improvement (5%), Entrepreneurial Opportunities (5%) and Political Stability (3%).
For Africans abroad, the most important factors in the workplace are: Autonomy (21%), Flexi-time (18%), Purpose (18%), Career Path (15%) and Education (13%). Surprisingly, the respondents found that these important factors above were provided better abroad than at home. Another interesting insight is that Gender & Diversity was not rated as an important factor in the workplace among respondents. Overall, respondents felt that a company’s help in their relocation back home is important.
|Homecoming Revolution VIP Cocktail at The Saxon|
|Over 60 African executives, captains of industry and executives from across the continent, and working across a host of industries, gathered to network and hear key insights of our Trend Reports.
|For Employers – See Our Talent Hot List|
|Please contact our headhunters if you are interested in recruiting any of the following candidates:
Kenyan Female – Operations & Business Executive – Consumer Goods
|A Selection of Job Opportunities|
|Chief Financial Officer – Fintech – Johannesburg
VAS Executive – Retail – Cape Town
Head of Software Development – Banking – Johannesburg
Category Director – Retail – Johannesburg
Group Company Secretary – Professional Services – Johannesburg
Chief Executive Officer – Real Estate Investment – Cape Town
HR Director – FMCG – Nairobi
Managing Director – Manufacturing – Lusaka
International Sales Director – Manufacturing – Cape Town
Financial Director – Advisory – Lagos
Plant Director – Agriculture – Dar es Salaam
Chief Financial Officer – Consulting – Johannesburg
Treaty Executive – Global Reinsurance Company – Johannesburg
Chief Financial Officer – Real Estate – Cape Town
Head of Sales – FMCG – Maputo
General Manager – Pharma – Nairobi
Ecommerce Exec – Retail – Johannesburg
Chief Marketing Officer – FMCG – Lagos
Digital Transformation Director – Manufacturing – Johannesburg
Head of Sales – Computer Software – Lagos
Commercial Director – Multinational Tech Company – Nairobi
Chief Information Officer – TMT – Johannesburg
|We are continually working on many roles in addition to the ones above. So, if you’re in the market, please make sure we have your CV so we can match you to opportunities as they arise.|
|In the News|
Angel Jones highlights the key factors attracting professionals home. Click here to read more.
Homecoming Revolution was featured in popular South African women’s magazine Sarie’s May 2019 edition. Click here to read more.
Homecoming Revolution CEO Angel Jones weighed in on how difficult it is to accurately verify the number of South Africans leaving the country. A recent article by AfricaCheck highlights how there’s no indication of a “sudden” brain drain, saying that statistics recently quoted in the media are in fact from a migration paper in 2003. Click here to read more.
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