Job Insecurity, in South Africa and Globally


Project Team

Dr Lara C. Roll (Optentia Research Focus Area, North-West University, South Africa), Prof. S.Rothmann (Optentia Research Focus Area, North-West University, South Africa), and Prof. Hans De Witte (KULeuven, Belgium and North-West University, South Africa)


Prof. Haijiang Wang (Huazhong University of Science and Technology)


Prof. Darja Maslic Sersic  (University of Zagreb)

Jasmina Tomas (University of Zagreb)


Despoina Xanthopoulou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

Andreas Tsounis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)


Prof. Jurgita Lazauskaite-Zabielske (Vilnius University)

Dr Ieva Urbanaviciute (Vilnius University)


Prof. Dragos Iliescu (Bucharest University)

Coralia Sulea (West University of Timisoara)


Dr Ieva Urbanaviciute (University of Lausanne)

United Kingdom

Dr Eva Selenko (Loughborough University)

United States of America

Prof. Tahira M. Probst (Washington State University Vancouver)

Prof. Lixin Jiang (University of Wisconsin Oshkosh)


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 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.