Original Research

An employer brand predictive model for talent attraction and retention

Annelize Botha, Mark Bussin, Lukas de Swardt
SA Journal of Human Resource Management | Vol 9, No 1 | a388 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajhrm.v9i1.388 | © 2011 Annelize Botha, Mark Bussin, Lukas de Swardt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 03 June 2011 | Published: 14 November 2011

About the author(s)

Annelize Botha, Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Mark Bussin, Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Lukas de Swardt, Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management, University of Johannesburg, South Africa


Orientation: In an ever shrinking global talent pool organisations use employer brand to attract and retain talent, however, in the absence of theoretical pointers, many organisations are losing out on a powerful business tool by not developing or maintaining their employer brand correctly.

Research purpose: This study explores the current state of knowledge about employer brand and identifies the various employer brand building blocks which are conceptually integrated in a predictive model.

Motivation for the study: The need for scientific progress though the accurate representation of a set of employer brand phenomena and propositions, which can be empirically tested, motivated this study.

Research design, approach and method: This study was nonempirical in approach and searched for linkages between theoretical concepts by making use of relevant contextual data. Theoretical propositions which explain the identified linkages were developed for purpose of further empirical research.

Main findings: Key findings suggested that employer brand is influenced by target group needs, a differentiated Employer Value Proposition (EVP), the people strategy, brand consistency, communication of the employer brand and measurement of Human Resources (HR) employer branding efforts.

Practical/managerial implications: The predictive model provides corporate leaders and their human resource functionaries a theoretical pointer relative to employer brand which could guide more effective talent attraction and retention decisions.

Contribution/value add: This study adds to the small base of research available on employer brand and contributes to both scientific progress as well as an improved practical understanding of factors which influence employer brand.


talent attraction and retention; organisations; employer brand building blocks; theoretical study; employer value proposition; model building approach


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