Spotlight on Africa

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Spotlight on Africa

HR and Global Mobility trends and approaches in Africa

A recent Deloitte Africa HR and Global Mobility survey reveals that skills transfer remains a key reason for companies sending individuals both to and within Africa.

A Deloitte Africa HR and Global Mobility survey recently revealed that while career development is high on the agenda for the majority of outbound assignments from Africa, skills transfer remains a key reason for companies sending individuals both to and within Africa.

This survey was carried together with 60 individuals over 7 industry sectors to investigate the impact of key economic and HR trends on Global Mobility in Africa. The organisations surveyed are either headquartered or have a strong presence in Africa.

Other findings from the survey show that while there is general view that the number of assignees will increase in the future, there is expected to be a shift in the type of assignment utilised by companies, with 80% of survey respondents indicating that individuals who move to and from Africa on local employment terms will increase in the next two years. However, in more than 82% of cases, companies do not have any type of formalised policy for either moves to, from or within Africa.

While career development in high on the agenda for the majority of outbound assignments from Africa, skills transfer remains a key reason for companies sending individuals both to and within Africa.

Africa remains a challenging location for assignments and due to this, a range of security allowances and support is typically provided by companies to individuals assigned into Africa. As an emerging marketing for many industry sectors and with an increase in the number of moves, companies should consider how to overcome not only the issue of security, but also rising assignment costs, difficulties for the assignee and family with integrating into the host location and the lack of spousal support normally provided, in order to ensure a high level of return on investment both for the business and the assignee.

Global Mobility Transformation practice

The benefits

Organisations that transform their mobility programmes have the potential to see significant efficiency gains from clarified service delivery models, business aligned policies, streamlined processes, and the greater automation gained from mobility technology which can yield efficiency and cost improvement. The real benefit of global mobility transformation will actually be the improved ability to execute the organisation's mobility and, in turn, address business needs for growth, globalisation and global talent management.

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