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Western Africa

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Sourcing Talent in in an Evolving Africa.
A white paper on executive recruitment in African regions.

Executive Summary

The following document is a white paper prepared by consultants at SpenglerFox Executive Search to provide our clients and business partners with insight into new developments on African markets. We focus primarily on changes taking place in four key regions on the continent:

  • Northern and Maghreb Africa
  • East Africa
  • Southern Africa
  • West Africa

This issue of the comprehensive white paper looks in particular at the market in West Africa and addresses a number of key issues: growth markets in the given region; the HR outlook and how talent sourcing occurs in the region; regional specificities related to finding talent that might not be obvious at first glance, and standard salary packages for executives and upper-level managers.

To make the document more timely and relevant for readers, we have also included interviews with business partners who have first-hand experience managing HR operations in all the West Africa region. Their testimonies highlight what areas are most difficult for sourcing talent; what successes they have had with programmes for finding talent (best practice); what mistakes they have made and learnt from in recent years and what advice they have to offer on succession-planning. 

The interviews provide added value and real-life examples of how businesses have addressed issues that impact a number of organisations in the given region: sourcing expat vs. local talent; promoting worker mobility; setting up attractive remuneration packages and talent retention programmes; and managing long-term talent development programmes. 

We hope this text proves both informative and useful.


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