The Global Headhunting Firm for Africa
As automation spurs rapid change across the continent, employers are being pushed to reevaluate the way they source, retain and train talent in order to plug Africa’s growing skills shortage. We put together 5 ways employers can address this widening talent gap. Read more below.
Our global database of qualified top talent continues to grow each month. If you’re an employer seeking to fill scarce-skill vacancies, get in touch. If you’re a candidate in the market for a new opportunity with leading Sub-Saharan employers, make sure we have your CV.
It was a busy month of PR and events. Be sure to take a look at what we got up to below.
We hope you have a great month ahead.
Onwards & Upwards
The Homecoming Revolution Team
|5 ways employers can address Africa’s widening skills gap|
|As automation spurs rapid change across the continent, employers are being pushed to reevaluate the way they source, retain and train talent in order to plug Africa’s growing skills shortage.
Faye Tessendorf, Managing Director at Homecoming Revolution, says digitisation presents a unique opportunity for Sub-Saharan African employers.
“While digitisation is anticipated to significantly disrupt the current and future workplace, it is also an opportunity for employers to set themselves apart through the adoption of future-ready talent strategies.”
“Africa is experiencing unprecedented demographic changes. From now until 2030, the continent is projected to expand the size of its workforce by more than the rest of the world combined, according to recent research by the World Economic Forum. This means that previous talent practices are ineffective in this fast-evolving work environment, pushing employers to find different ways to source talent and run their businesses, including developing flexible operating models, organizational structures, and career paths focused on both soft and hard skills.”
1. Ways of working
A recent report by McKinsey titled The future of work in South Africa: Digitisation, productivity & job creation found that in order to ‘future-proof’ investments in reskilling and hiring, and maximise the productivity of their workforces, employers need to adapt to evolving employee expectations and ways of working. Those include greater focus on meaningful work, flexibility and autonomy, continuous growth and connection.
The McKinsey report said organisations who enthusiastically embrace technology to drive innovation generate much greater revenue and employment growth than firms that simply use technology to improve efficiency.
The report stressed that in their workforce planning, companies need to take a long-term view on how technology will impact on their workforces over the next five. A 2019 PwC survey, echoes these sentiments with 47% of African respondents recognising significant retraining and upskilling as the most significant interventions needed to close skills gaps in their organisations.
4. Establish a strong pipeline of skills
In the same PwC survey, 22% of CEOs in Africa identified establishing a strong pipeline of skills as an important step.
5. Build a clear narrative
Another PwC survey titled Workforce of the Future, found a third of workers are anxious about the future and their job due to automation – an anxiety that kills confidence and the willingness to innovate. How your employees feel affects the business today – so start a mature conversation about the future.
Homecoming Revolution specialises in headhunting and placing scarce skill talent in a host of industries including Fintech, Retail, FMCG and Financial Services. Get in touch to speak to one of our headhunters.
|For Employers – See Our Talent Hot List|
|Employers contact our headhunters if you are interested in recruiting any of the following candidates:
South African EE Female – Marketing Director – FMCG
|A Selection of Job Opportunities|
|Chief Financial Officer – FMCG – Tanzania
Country Managing Director – Manufacturing – Malawi
Principal – Management Consulting – Ivory Coast
Chief Risk Officer – Financial Services – South Africa
Country Manager – Fintech – Rwanda
Head of Sales – Fintech – Zambia
Chief Operations Officer – FMCG – Zambia
Chief Commercial Officer – Retail – South Africa
Principal – Management Consulting – Kenya
Sales Director – Fintech – South Africa
Chief Commercial Officer – FMCG – South Africa
Senior Project Manager – Advisory – Addis Ababa
Chief Information Officer – Retail – Cape Town
Business Development Lead – Fintech – Kigali
Marketing Director – Food & Bev – Johannesburg
Chief Financial Officer – FMCG – Lagos
|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.|
|Homecoming Revolution In the News|
Angel Jones spoke to Fairlady about the midlife crisis that turned her NPO into a moneymaking business, the firm’s headhunting work across Sub-Saharan Africa and why many South Africans abroad are still making the decision to return home despite the unstable political and economic climate…Click here to read more.
|CGTN Africa Interview
Angel Jones spoke to CGTN Africa, the African bureau of China Global Television Network, about Africa’s reverse brain drain and why many skilled professionals are choosing to return home…Click here to read more.
|Roadean Girls’ Leadership Summit|
|Angel Jones was one of the speakers at the inaugural Roadean Girls’ Leadership Summit. The summit tackled critical social issues that affect young women and brought together thought leaders occupying various leading positions across industries.
|The Future of Insurance Talent
Advances in technology are reshaping how insurers conduct business. The Future of Insurance Talent event focused on the industry’s evolving talent needs as well as the skills and capabilities needed to navigate the changing insurance landscape.
|Out & About|
|‘SA reinvigorated my mind, body & soul’
On the 20th of September 2015, Burt Ronald got on a plane from London Heathrow to come back to South Africa, with no intention of staying. Just over four years later, he’s still here!…Read more.