Job Insecurity, in South Africa and Globally

Project Team

Dr Lara C. Roll, Prof. S.Rothmann and Prof. Hans De Witte


The economic challenges faced by South Africa, exacerbated by the recent “Fees Must Fall” movement, have given rise to job insecurity, the state of perceived uncertainty faced by employees during turbulent events. The global market is not immune to this affliction. The vote of Great Britain to leave the European Union and the outcomes of the recent U.S. election are just two causes of rising job uncertainty in the world.

Current worldwide conditions afford additional job insecurity triggers for university staff. For this reason, we focus on job insecurity among the academic and support personnel of these institutions. Using both qualitative and quantitative data, we intend to enhance existing knowledge on the underlying mediators and potential buffering effects of the job insecurity-outcome relationship. This data will be drawn from different cultures, such as South Africa, Namibia and Hong Kong, to examine both the similarities and possible cross-cultural differences of job insecurity worldwide. Findings from this study will be highly relevant and beneficial to both employees and organizations.