COPING WITH TWENTY-EIGHTEEN

As South Africa approaches a New Year of 2018, it is clear that we are facing a VERY new year. It may be that momentous changes are about to rain upon us. The decisions which emerge, or do not, from the forthcoming ANC conference will determine what sort of leadership South Africans can expect in the future.

You will probably be reading this after the ANC conference. This event has drawn interest that is usually reserved for general elections or wars. The cynic could say that the conference is about a lot of both.

Whatever happens at the conference will have only a single result.

A CLEAR INDICATION OF WHAT SOUTH AFRICANS WILL HAVE TO LIVE WITH FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS.

In other words, we will have sufficient clarity as to what needs to be done and to make the decisions needed to move ahead.

With that in mind, let us look at the outlook for employment in 2018. With so many people suffering the blight of unemployment, 2017 has been a bad, bad year. For much of the year many employers have put official or unofficial freezes on new placements and have retrenched staff. As a recruitment organization, FRRW Consulting has been observing all this with trepidation.

The good news is that even without significant economic growth, many employers will be obliged to normalize staffing levels to avoid losing key staff many of whom performed beyond their normal duties. As demand grows these key staff are likely to have alternative opportunities. The advice which has been valid for 2017 ‘to stay where you are, it is at least something’ is not likely to work in the new South Africa of 2018.

The conclusion, then, is that people should return to managing their careers with a positive outlook, with optimism that 2018 could be a very good year.

Employees – send off those cv’s

Employers – send off those recruitment assignments

And so, to all our friends, we wish you a wonderful year and a year of wonders.

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