HR generalists with IR experience in demand

This according to Michael Page Africa’s 2021 market overview and hiring insights.

Leading recruitment firm Michael Page Africa has released a market overview and hiring insights guide for 2021. The report, which has been developed as a reference for hiring managers and job seekers to make informed employment decisions in South Africa, showcases sector-by-sector market overview and hiring insights such as the most in-demand positions and skills, as well as their recommendations on addressing the biggest challenge facing sectors from a talent or skills perspective.

Among the key findings are that HR professionals with generalist experience are more in demand than specialists, because companies have limited resources due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Therefore, employers can get more from hiring a generalist HR professional.

The report also states that HR professionals with strong industrial relations experience have an upper hand because unions have been negotiating many deals lately regarding the compensation for the loss of their members’ income in 2020. They are also negotiating deals pre-emptively to ensure there are increases for the 2021 fiscal year.

“2020 has been a year unlike any other that we have experienced. It has redefined the way that many companies operate amidst the global pandemic. During times of uncertainty, strong leadership, effective communication and empathy are crucial to enabling your people to drive business continuity and facilitate a strong recovery,” says Paul Newman, operating director at Michael Page Africa.

“Considering the rapid switch to remote working and operating in a lockdown, as well as navigating the ongoing impacts of Covid-19, organisational transformation has come to the fore as businesses adapt to the realities of the market, while also defining optimal business processes for work-from-home.”

The report also explores how competitive the market is, what professionals are looking for, and how businesses can secure top talent. It is undeniable that an increase in working from home will be one long-term legacy of the pandemic. It will be interesting to see how employers tackle the challenges of managing a blended workforce, and how the role of offices will evolve.