South African teachers as mobile knowledge workers in a global labour market

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dc.contributor.author De Villiers, J.J.R. (Rian)
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-15T07:07:46Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-15T07:07:46Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.description.abstract Globally, the popularity of South African teachers is increasing. The recruitment of South African teachers has become an easy solution to fix a shortage of teachers in many industrialised countries. It is being speculated that the aggressive recruitment has a negative impact on South Africa as a source country. This theoretical study addresses South African teachers’ motives for migration, marketing strategies of recruitment agencies, the implications for South African teachers due to the revised migration policies of the United Kingdom, and the impact of teacher migration on the South African education system. Career dissatisfaction, poor salaries and unemployment were identified as push factors. Higher salaries, international teaching experience, family or friends overseas, travel opportunities and recruitment agency persuasion were identified as pull factors. Recruitment agencies are using several methods to recruit teachers such as direct marketing activities on university campuses, online marketing, newspapers and magazines. Online ‘pitching’ to schools and teachers is discussed. It is predicted that South African teachers will seek greener pastures (especially the United Arab Emirates) due to the implementation of the recent United Kingdom Youth Mobility Scheme. South Africa’s education system is being stifled by international recruitment. Huge loss of teachers to receiving countries has a serious negative impact upon the education system of South Africa. en_US
dc.description.librarian gv2012 en
dc.description.uri http://www.krepublishers.com/02-Journals/T-Anth/Anth-00-0-000-000-1999-Web/Anth-00-0-000-000-1999-1-Cover.htm en_US
dc.identifier.citation De Villiers, JJR 2011, ‘South African teachers as mobile knowledge workers in a global labour market’, The Anthropologist, vol. 8, no. 5, pp. 53-60. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0972-0073
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/20406
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Kamla-Raj Enterprises en_US
dc.rights Kamla-Raj Enterprises en_US
dc.subject International recruitment en_US
dc.subject Education system en_US
dc.subject UK migration policies en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Teachers -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Teachers -- Employment -- Foreign countries en
dc.title South African teachers as mobile knowledge workers in a global labour market en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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