SAICA Leadership in a time of crisis series

Webcast #16: Panel discussion on the impact on jobs and salaries for the foreseeable future and expert advice on finding a job in an extremely tough market.


Who should attend?

SAICA members and associates [CA(SA)/AGA(SA)/AT] and trainees and members of the public




The impact of COVID-19 together with being downgraded to junk status by Moody’s has caused a significant negative impact to the South African economy. National treasury predicts that between 3 million and 7 million jobs will be lost. In today’s webcast we will consider the impact on jobs specifically in the financial sector in the immediate and foreseeable future, what the current challenges within the human capital market are and which industries will see job growth or reductions.

With many people expected to lose jobs and the supply of candidates exceeding demand, we will provide expert advice on how to stand out, be visible and get noticed so that you significantly improve your chances of getting that ideal job.


Join us for this exciting interactive panel discussion to hear from our experts.



(08h00 – 08h45)

Panel discussion

(08h45 – 09h00)



About our panelists

David Mitchell

David Mitchell, the Jobs Guru, specialises in training people how to find new roles following the loss of a job. He has a deep understanding of recruitment, executive search/headhunting and outplacement/career transition.

He is currently the Managing Partner for Southern Africa of OI Global Partners – depending on which measures are used, this is the second largest Outplacement and Coaching firm in the world. The focus of this business is supporting clients who have been retrenched from companies. The success rate of this business is that 95% of our clients transition to a new career within 4-months of starting with us.

David started Deloitte’s Executive Placement business in the mid-1980s. He grew this into one of the largest placement businesses, with a strong focus on financial placements and particularly CAs, in South Africa. At the time he left Deloitte, the business employed over 70 consultants nationally. He was a founding director of Deloitte Human Capital and played a key role in the acquisition of businesses and staff for this business. He also pioneered the concept of JIT Accountants. From a humble start of 7 CAs in the Boston practice in 1989, he grew this business to placing over 350 recently qualified CAs in Deloitte offices around the globe. He hosted an annual cocktail party in London through the 90’s, aimed at bringing CAs who were working in the UK back to South Africa. These cocktail events hosted high profile speakers such as Cheryl Carrolous – SA Ambassador to the UK, Malcolm Rutherford – FD of Dimension Data and Russell Loubser – CEO of the JSE.

David was one of a very small number of non-CA partners in the Audit and Accounting Practice of Deloitte at the time.

For the past 20 years he has been running his own businesses focussed on Outsourced Recruitment, Executive Search and Outplacement. In recent months he  has developed an on-line Career Transition Programme for individuals who have not been afforded the opportunity of going through a corporate sponsored Programme. Again, the success rates for this Programme are over 95% of clients are placed within 3-months.


Megan Prosser

Megan Prosser is a Manager and experienced recruiter at Robert Walters, a global specialist recruitment consultancy.  A British National, she now lives and works in Johannesburg, where she and the Robert Walters team recruit into Finance & Legal, amongst other disciplines.  The teams work with clients across a diverse range of businesses, and cover roles at all levels of seniority from graduate, up to MD.  Within South Africa, Robert Walters has a particular focus on placing CA’s, and our CA Roadshow has helped newly-qualified accountants get their first step on the career ladder, both at home and abroad, since the year 2000.

Having graduated from Cambridge University in 2007 with an MA in Education Studies, Megan came into contact with Robert Walters through their strong presence in Tokyo, whilst living and working in Japan.  She has worked as a recruitment consultant, and subsequently manager of the South African financial services team, for 7 years.  Robert Walters was established in 1985, and has offices in 34 countries.


About our facilitator:

Dineshrie Pillay (CA)SA; FCMA

Dineshrie Pillay is a Business Executive Coach specialising in the field of leadership development. She focuses on new-leader integration, performance coaching, and presentation skill coaching.

Dineshrie writes articles for ASA on presentation skill. She is also a judge for the SAICA 35 under 35 competition. She is known for her experience with development of people, building leadership capability and being a motivational speaker.


CPD Hours

SAICA’s CPD policy has changed effective 1 January 2020 from an input measurement basis to an output measurement basis. Learning and the development of professional competence is unique to each member and should be aligned to your personal needs identified in your reflective learning plans. For further information and guidance, go to SAICA’s CPD website. The competencies being addressed in this seminar are:

  • Business acumen: Business internal environment
  • Business acumen: Business external environment
  • Relational acumen: Communication skills