Hard working south africans

How does one measure the productivity of a nation you might ask?

The International Labour Organisation captures data for almost 100 countries. 

It has calculated that workers in South Africans spend an average of 43 hours a week at work.

When compared to the UK, which averages 36 hours a week, South Africans spend nearly a whole working day a week at work.

It’s a little bit like Rassie’s rugby strategy, which places emphasis on work rate of players and pacing their productivity to get the maximum output on the field.

Yes, this only reveals that South Africans are not afraid to put time into their work. Does this translate to better productivity and if so, why not focus on sponsoring applicants from Qatar, which averages the longest hours (49 hours a week at work)?

shared history

Culture and domestic output are two additional factors that one can consider.

South Africa and Qatar can’t easily be compared. Population of 59m versus population of 1.8m. Culture however can.

South Africa was previously a British colony and our shared past has layered the foundation for shared culture appreciation.

higher market related compensation

The average salary in South African is approximately £13,894 per year. Compared to the UK, which has an average of £29,009 yearly wage.

The idea that South Africans can earn more is a major driving force for South African skilled workers.

relocation costs

Packing up house and home to relocate to a new land is costly. 

South Africans also give up on their known and familiar infrastructure to join a new community with unknown whereabouts.

Given the risk, South Africans often land up needing to reduce the risk of failure. Failing to make it work abroad would mean a major loss in relocation fees.

To reduce risk, South African make that extra concerted effort to make sure things at work work. Often treated as “motivation to get the job done”.

That motivation is priceless.

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