SA HR news roundup: LinkedIn’s top SA companies to work for, SARS is hiring

Massmart highlights the need for South Africa to access scarce skills.

Banks top the rankings in professional networking site LinkedIn’s sixth annual top companies list, while Massmart group chairman Kuseni Dlamini says business faces a real risk of losing out on valuable skills. Meanwhile, SARS embarks on a mass hiring drive to replace lost skills and GirlCode launches an online upskilling bootcamp for unemployed young women.

SARS on mass hiring drive

SARS commissioner Edward Kieswetter says the revenue service is in the middle of a mass hiring drive to replace skills lost under the previous administration.

While 500 staff have now been replaced, he noted that the revenue service is still woefully understaffed and was still desperately lacking specific skills such as specialised auditors. SARS’s 2020/2021 annual report shows that it has 12,479 staff, compared to 13,583 in 2016/2017.

We need access to scarce talent, says Massmart chair

Massmart group chairman Kuseni Dlamini says the government needs to introduce further reforms to improve the ease of doing business in South Africa or risk losing out on valuable skills.

Writing in the group’s latest annual report, Kuseni said, “If South Africa is to grow and prosper and our companies are to be globally competitive, we need access to scarce talent. We therefore also need to make the visa process for people wishing to work in South Africa easier and more user friendly.

“South Africa is a country of such incredible potential, but this potential will only be realised if all of us work together to create the conditions that allow for our mutual success,” he added.

GirlCode launches online upskilling bootcamp

GirlCode is seeking 400 unemployed young women to join its online upskilling bootcamp, which forms part of the coding organisation's mission to close the gender gap in the IT/science, technology, engineering and mathematics industry.

Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 35, unemployed, a South African citizen, and have access to a laptop and the internet.
The coding bootcamp will start in May and takes place online.

LinkedIn’s top South African companies to work for

LinkedIn has published its sixth annual top companies list, with Standard Bank, FNB, WPP, Nedbank and Absa making it into the top five best companies to work for in South Africa.

“As professionals worldwide moved jobs at unprecedented rates in 2021, companies have had to step up to attract and retain talent – from offering more opportunities for promotion and gaining new skills to increasing flexibility, according to the professional networking site.

The top companies were selected based on a combination of research and unique member data, with LinkedIn focusing on workplaces where professionals can ‘grow their careers’, and which make the biggest impact in the professional world.

To be eligible, companies must have at least 500 employees as of 31 December 2021, and employee attrition can be no higher than 10 percent over the prior 12 months.