Original Research

The effect of a total rewards strategy on school teachers’ retention

Boitomelo Makhuzeni, E. Nicolene Barkhuizen
SA Journal of Human Resource Management | Vol 13, No 1 | a699 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajhrm.v13i1.699 | © 2015 Boitomelo Makhuzeni, E. Nicolene Barkhuizen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 March 2015 | Published: 05 November 2015

About the author(s)

Boitomelo Makhuzeni, Department of Industrial Psychology, North-West University, Mafikeng Campus, South Africa
E. Nicolene Barkhuizen, Department of Industrial Psychology, North-West University, Mafikeng Campus, South Africa


Orientation: South African schools are facing significant challenges to retain a talented pool of school teachers. A total rewards strategy could assist schools to reduce teacher turnover.

Research purpose: The aim of this study was to determine the effect of a total rewards strategy on the turnover intentions of school teachers in the North-West province.

Motivation: The under supply of quality teachers has negative consequences for both school pupils and the larger community.

Research approach, design and method: A qualitative research approach was followed using semi-structured interviews to gather data from teachers in the North-West province (N = 6).

Main findings: The findings showed that performance management, career development and compensations of teachers were poorly applied in schools. Teachers strongly considered leaving the teaching profession as a result of poor rewards. The participants were fairly satisfied with their work benefits and work-life balance.

Practical/managerial implications: School management should implement reward practices and policies that will attract and enhance retention of school teachers.

Contribution: This research highlighted the problematic areas in the reward systems for school teachers and the subsequent impact thereof on their turnover intentions.


benefits, career development, performance management and recognition, remuneration, work-life balance


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