Hiring trends in Africa in 2016
With 1.16 billion inhabitants across 53 countries, hiring trends inevitably varied widely across Africa in 2016. However, the fall in oil and gas prices was a common theme, having a major impact on all four of the continent’s regions and significantly reducing hiring levels.
Nationalisation programmes (to promote hiring of local talent) were implemented in a number of countries during 2016, which added to the already challenging conditions.
Many organisations found it harder to hire the people they needed due to increased demands for local talent and subsequent candidate shortages.
Countries such as Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire saw economic growth though, despite these challenges.