Comparison: 2012/2013 SA’s Largest HR Recruitment Trend

MCI Consultants, the largest distributor of staffing software in Southern Africa, announced the results of its 2013 SA HR Recruitment Trend Survey which saw the participation of 1012 HR professionals from across the country over a period of 30 days.


WeszMadz compares their 2012 results to 2013 results

Organisations that use a recruitment management system [2012 52% / 2013 43%]

Organisations that had an annual staff turnover rate of less than 10% [2012 58% / 2013 59%]

Organisations that attempt to source and place candidates internally before approaching recruitment agencies [2012 93% / 2013 87%]

Organisations that rely on internal staff to refer candidates to HR for hiring consideration [2012 56% / 2013 52%]

Organisations that have an employee candidate referral rewards program in place [2012 58% / 2013 61%]

Organisations that do not primarily make use of recruitment agencies to fill their requirements [ 2012 58% / 2013 56%]

Organisations that have between 1 and 5 recruitment agencies on their preferred supplier list [2012 40% / 2013 44%]

On Social Media

Organisations that use social media to recruit candidates [2012 53% / 2013 58%]

Organisations that use job portals to advertise vacancies [2012 64% / 2013 68%]

Organisations that use print media to advertise vacancies [2012 65% / 2013 65%]

2013 Social Networks that gave the best results

69% LinkedIn. 18% Facebook. 7% Twitter. 7% Google+

Placement Fees

Fees charged 21% Cost to Company [2012 2.8% / 2013 3%]

Fees charged 16-20% Cost to Company [2012 16.3% / 2013 14%]

Fees charged 11-15% Cost to Company   [2012 46.5% /  2013 46%]

Fees charged 6-10% Cost to Company [2012 17.6% / 2013 20%]


A word from MCI

“This is the second consecutive year that we have run this survey.  Due to the overwhelming response, we can definitively say that this is the largest survey of its kind ever to be conducted in South Africa,” commented Rhett Davies, Partner at MCI.

“The results of this survey clearly indicate that HR departments and professionals of corporate SA have become extremely proactive and are managing a bulk of their recruitment internally. Interestingly though, there was an increase of 6% in the number of corporates utilising agencies as their first port of call. This year’s results also showed a remarkable increase of 5% in the number organisations utilising Social Media to recruit which aligns with the growing global trend.”

Wesley Says

  • More recruitment agencies are now charging less. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
  • Google+ and Twitter will definitely change those percentages in 2014
  • Print Media still hanging in there but Social Media Use on the rise. Recruitment firms brace yourselves or this decade will leave you behind
  • Am every worried about a decrease in recruitment management system use. How are you gonna manage all the social media responses if you don’t have a system?

One thought on “Comparison: 2012/2013 SA’s Largest HR Recruitment Trend

  1. Hello WeszMadz, Trend in India seem to be similar is some fashion. Recruitment firms usually charge 8-12% depending on experience and Industry. The adoption of technology (ATS, Social Media, etc ) are all going up. The use of recruitment firms is coming down.
    Good post, nice to know how things are in different parts of the world.

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