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Title:Labour turnover and the economic climate
Authors:Miller, Sylvia
Merwe, Roux van der
Periodical:Psychologia Africana: Journal of the National Institute for Personnel Research
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:labour turnover
Abstract:Labour turnover data on hourly-paid employees in secondary-industry manufacturing companies provide the basis for an investigation into the relationship between labour turnover and the economic climate from 1972 to 1980. The period covered is one in which there were significant fluctuations in the economy accompanied by changes in levels of turnover. Sample size on average is 25 companies (in the Port Elizabeth-Uiten-hage area), employing in the region of 25000 workers. Three indicators of the economy were used to evaluate the effect of changes in economic conditions on labour turnover, viz., employment strength, unemployment and regional overall economic indicators. All the evidence points to the significant impact of economic conditions on determining levels of turnover. However, ranking of companies according to their turnover rates remain remarkably consistent over nine yeart despite considerable changes in levels of economic activity. This finding suggests that internal organisational factors account for differences among companies and these differences are independent of the economic climate, which does, however, exert a strong influence on overall levels of turnover. Fig., notes, ref., tab.