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The retention of academics in the early career phase

Coenraad Bester
SA Journal of Human Resource Management | Vol 6, No 2 | a171 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajhrm.v6i2.171 | © 2008 Coenraad Bester | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 October 2008 | Published: 18 November 2008

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Coenraad Bester, University of the Free State, South Africa

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The purpose of the study was to determine to what extent academics in the early career phase at a South African higher education institution are committed to the institution in question and the impact which this commitment has on labour turnover. More than 21% of the original respondents left the institution while this research was still underway. Insufficient financial remuneration was the most important reason why the respondents considered leaving the institution.


retention; academics; early career phase; intention to quit


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