The impact of Coronavirus on jobseekers and hirers

The impact of Coronavirus on jobseekers and hirers
The impact of Coronavirus on jobseekers and hirers

Coronavirus has changed the job market almost overnight, impacting the already high unemployment rate in South Africa. Companies are adapting to operating remotely. Recruiters, as well as candidates, have become more reliant on technology as an essential tool. Companies who have already embraced cloud-based online recruitment management platforms have ensured hiring continuity during this period. Others are taking the time to adopt recruitment management systems to not only ensure business continuity during lockdown, but also prepare their recruitment for compliance and legislative requirements. The POPI act that is soon to be promulgated into law is requiring all organisations, irrespective of size, to relook at their current recruitment systems and practices.

With this being said, not all is doom and gloom. and have partnered with Vodacom and SHL to offer some solutions for recruiters and jobseekers to help adapt to our changing work landscape. Here are some tools and services that might be useful for you, whether you are hiring or looking for your next job opportunity.

Zero-rated job searching on Careers24 with Vodacom

At, a leading online jobs portal, we understand that during this challenging period job seekers are finding it very difficult to connect with potential employers, and access portals such as is costly due to data costs. has partnered with Vodacom as a zero-rated site allowing users to access the platform via the Vodacom without using any of their data. You can now visit with no data costs using your Vodacom line.

Job seeking preparation and advice from our industry experts

We also understand that jobseekers will have a difficult time ahead in the aftermath of Coronavirus. Take the time to upskill and prepare yourself as a jobseeker. Follow the Careers24 LinkedIn page, which is constantly being updated with educational and thought leadership content.  

Free online video interview tools for companies has partnered with SHL, who has made their online video interviewing and assessment tool open to business for the same period for free for 90 days. Their tools include are SHL Video Interview, SHL Live Video Interview, SHL Coding Interview, and Virtual Assessment and Development Centre products. Visit their site at for more information on these tools.

Support for small businesses, the leading South African recruitment management platform, has opened up its Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to small businesses at no charge for the period of the lockdown. This will allow small business to recruit and manage job seeker applications online, paving the way for an efficient online recruitment process and building up talent for when it's business as usual

Free recruitment guide for recruiting in South Africa:

While we expect recruiting to grind to a halt at this time, it will pick up again. Future-proof your organisation’s recruitment by ensuring that itis efficient, compliant and candidate-centric. Download our free Recruitment Simplified e-book, aimed at specialist recruiters and line managers alike.

There is no better time as an organisation or as an individual to re-evaluate your processes, ready yourselves for a new way of working and to upskill yourselves. Use this time wisely, but more importantly, be safe and be kind.

*Careers24 and Simplify are Media24 companies

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