Strikes, minimum wages, income differentials, executive remuneration demands, above inflation salary increases, job creation, demand for housing allowances, the new National Health Insurance (NHI) and the National Social Security reform – these are all areas of challenges that organisations and those dealing with reward management are facing at the moment. “Can we come up with appropriate solutions in our organisations and at the same time contribute to the national challenges we face as a country?” asks Peet Kruger, President of SARA.
The South African Reward Association (SARA), a professional body aimed at promoting and developing the reward profession in South Africa and setting minimum standards that govern the reward industry, will host its annual Conference in October at Emperor’s Palace, Johannesburg, on 24 & 25 October 2013 and will through this event try and answer some of the challenges mentioned above.
SARA was established in 1997 to create a platform for networking and to promote the development of reward. It strives to ensure that its members acquire and develop the skills, confidence and passion required for the discipline. In January 2013 SARA was officially recognised as a professional body by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), an auspicious step in our journey.
Reward specialists, who are responsible for the design, development and implementation of reward strategies, policies and processes that will support organisational and people objectives, are deemed critical skills and these professionals need to be on top of their game at all times.
This year SARA has themed the event The Future of Reward and the focus is to look at the next frontier in reward practices to deal with the changing reward landscape. The exciting line-up of speakers (to mention only a few) includes:
- A collaboration between Clem Sunter and Sizwe Nxedlana on “The World and South Africa beyond 2013”
- Tom McMullen from the Hay Group UK on “The future of reward”
- Paolo Cuicci from BATSA on “Building sustainable Reward practices in Africa going forward”
- David Cichelli on “Sales Compensation”
- A panel discussion on “Talent Management”, amongst many other thought provoking presentations.
Speakers are encouraged to share their views of where the new world of work is moving and the latest thinking in reward, thereby stimulating thinking of how reward practitioners should incorporate this in their reward strategy.
SARA urges executives, reward, HR and payroll specialists and practitioners to attend its October conference and gain insight into the many changes taking place within the reward industry and what this will mean for businesses, employers and employees.
Attendees are urged to RSVP by 07 September 2013 to avoid disappointment. For more information and registration, click through to www.sara.co.za