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Council has ratified an HR decision to digitise the recruitment process, setting the municipality on a path to a paperless and techno-savvy future.

The MMC of Group Corporate and Shared Services, Cllr Loyiso Masuku, says the City is compelled to leverage technology in filling vacant positions in light of the new normal imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Cllr Masuku says digital recruitment is highly favoured for being cost-effective as opposed to the conventional hiring process, saving HR officials’ time and altering how the City recruits talent.

“Digital recruitment helps the City reach a wider audience from which suitable candidates can be selected and it improves how HR manages and monitors the recruitment process,” she says.
 
She notes that in light of social distancing protocols, the City may consider cancelling the analogue system of recruitment, wherein CVs need to be printed and hand delivered to municipal offices when people apply for jobs.

The City’s digital recruitment policy creates flexibility for applicants, enabling them to apply remotely. It also makes municipal operations digitally smart.

This council-approved decision is part of a raft of measures to digitise municipal functions as part of plans to use technology to improve operational efficiencies.

Potential candidates may apply using either a smartphone or by logging onto the Intranet from their workstation.

Go to JoziNet, click on vacancies, then the relevant circular, then click on the position you’re interested in, complete the online job application form and attach all the required documents, click submit and wait for an automated confirmation message.

Some of the benefits of digital recruitment include going paperless, which contributes environmentally, cuts recruitment turnaround times, which has a positive impact on service delivery and improved efficiency, in that it will be easy to identify the most suitable candidates, says Cllr Masuku.

The City’s digital move sets a new benchmark for recruitment within municipalities affiliated to the Local Government Association of South Africa.

Enquiries about digital recruitment should be directed to officials at Group Human Capital Management, including Doris Bila (011 407 7304/ 083 702 4808/Dorisb@joburg.org.za) or Enoch Mafuyeka (011 407 7250/083 702 4941/EnochM@joburg.org.za