Career meta-capacities and retention factors of recruitment advertising agencies: An exploratory study

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 27, issue 5, 2017 , pages: 405–411
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2017.1379659
Author(s): Nadia FerreiraDepartment of Human Resource Management, South Africa, Ester MujajatiDepartment of Human Resource Management, South Africa


This study aimed to determine the extent to which employees’ career adaptability and employability capacities predicted employee retention factors in the information sector industry. A probability sample of 337 South African recruitment advertising employees participated in the study (females = 65.9%; black Africans = 53.4%, predominantly early career stage (aged > 40 years = 57.9%). The employees responded to surveys on their career adaptability, employability capacities, and job retention considerations. Step-wise hierarchical regression analysis was computed to predict employee retention factors from their career meta-capacities of career adaptability and employability attributes. Results suggest the career meta-capacities to explain 71% of the variance in employee retention factors. Moreover, overall career adaptability (concern, control, curiosity, and cooperation) predict the overall retentions factors of employees. White employees self-reported with higher work retention and career opportunities than employees of other races/ethnicities. Career adaptability and employability capabilities matter for talented employee retention in the information sector industry.

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