17 Award Categories

23 Sponsors & Partners

Key Networking Opportunities

About The Awards

The 5th annual Future of HR Awards will honour southern Africa’s most outstanding, inspiring and effective leaders in human capital management, HR innovation and HR tech; highlighting their achievements for local and international peers to emulate and moving the industry forward. Featuring new awards categories and entry criteria updated in collaboration with our Advisory Panel of HR industry experts, the awards have been attracting enquiries months in advance from South Africa, neighbouring countries and even Asia.

Why Enter?

  • Be seen as an HR champion and innovator
  • Attract the best talent from interns to managerial level
  • Network with the best in business
  • Click with the latest digital advances in HR
  • Gain the recognition you deserve

Don’t just take our word for it, though: read our latest endorsement, received from past winner Candice Booysen of Argility – our Rising Star award recipient in 2016. She has since gone on to be nominated as a Finalist for the IPM HR Director of the Year Excellence Award and was recently recognised as one of the world’s 100 most influential HR professionals by the World HRD Congress in Mumbai.

Why Become a Sponsor?

  • Position you & your business as an authority in your industry
  • Interact with your target market
  • Establish your business as a thought leader & make new contacts
  • Receive extensive brand recognition
  • New clients, new customers, new business
  • Market your business inexpensively & in a meaningful way
  • Enhance your credibility
  • Communicate your corporate values

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Breakaway Sessions

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2019 Gold Sponsor


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2019 Technology Partner


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Future of HR 2019 Categories

Future of HR 2019 Categories

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Individual Awards



HR Director of the Year Award



This hotly-contested award recognises the HR Director at an executive level, who has demonstrated outstanding leadership during the last 12 months.

HR Manager of the Year Award



In similar vein, this award recognises the HR Manager at a managerial level, who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the last 12 months.

HR Rising Star of the Year

(35 Years or Younger)


This award recognises a dynamic, energetic, young HR practitioner who has achieved phenomenal results within less than five years of commercial experience.

CEO of the Year Award


What defines the iconic winner of this headline category?

Fundamentally, a demonstrable record of accomplishment in prioritising the wellbeing and happiness of the people that make his or her company great. He or she will be widely respected and liked within the organisation, and will have an admirable reputation among peers and competitors. The winner will be a change management and employee engagement champion; a leader who enriches and inspires all those around them, while being instrumental in driving business performance.

Lifetime Achievement in the HR Industry Award


This is the highest honour and most coveted award at the FOHR Awards. This award recognises an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the industry as a whole through visionary people management strategies and leadership. While we welcome nominations in this category, note that they are not reviewed by the judging panel. Rather, the recipient of this award will be decided in consultation with our advisory board.

Organisation Awards

Employer of Choice: Large Organisations


This award recognises the best big companies to work for, with 1000+ employees and turnover of R50 million+. At the core of any great organisation is an HR department whose innovative values create a productive and enjoyable place of work. As an employer of choice, your reputation precedes you and jobseekers view you as a desirable place to work. That’s the first goal of any effective recruitment strategy – to be a 1st choice employer for top talent.

Employer of Choice: Small To Medium Organisations


In similar vein, this award will go to the best small-to-medium-sized organisation with 100 – 999 employees and a R5-50 million annual turnover (or equivalent in your country’s currency).

Employer of Choice: Public Sector Organisations


This award belongs to the best Public Sector organisation to work for. Key to any efficient Public Sector entity is an HR department whose innovative values create a productive, happy environment – because this plays a major policy role in establishing standards of excellence in response to society’s service delivery needs.

HR Team of the Year

(1000+ Employees)


This award recognises the most outstanding HR team of the year, in an organisation with more than 1000 employees. This high-energy and highly-organised team excels within the HR function and has a major impact across their business.

HR Team of the Year

(Less Than 1000 Employees)


In similar vein, this award recognise the most outstanding HR team of the year with fewer than 1000 employees.

Best Learning and Development Strategy 


This award recognises and celebrates the HR team, HR-strong organisation or employee learning service provider that has delivered impressive outcomes by maximising the training and skills development of employees, with positive business results. “Learning and Development” can encompass coaching, mentoring programmes, bursaries, internships, e-learning, etc.

HR Tech Service Provider 

of the Year


The current global market for HR technology is valued at around $14 billion. This award looks for innovative service providers that create and distribute HR – specific technology solutions to clients in business or government – for example, payroll software solutions or user-friendly digital HR platforms for employees. Enter now if you can showcase cost-effective tech solutions that you have provided to clients, to boost their HR function’s impact and efficiency.

Best Graduate Development Programme


With youth unemployment being one of South Africa’s biggest socio-economic challenges, this inspiring award will recognise the HR Team showing excellence and innovation in driving graduate development programmes and initiatives. Share your organisation’s support for bright young minds with the world – by being this category’s first-ever winner!

HR Big Data & Analytics Award


For some time now, big companies, especially retailers, have been using data to better target, engage with and understand their customers in tandem with the growth of e-commerce. Now companies are looking for a similar level of control of big data internally, to unite disparate data sources on hundreds or thousands of employees – so that they can have a holistic and real-time picture of employees’ time-keeping, performance management, sales results, education & training, incentives & rewards, and more. If you have helped your organisation, or others, to solve this significant challenge – thereby improving staff retention and productivity, and the impact of the HR function as a whole – this trophy could be yours.

Corporate Wellness Champion


This award will go to the organisation that provides the most compelling evidence that their strategy for health and wellbeing in the workplace is the best.

HR Consultancy of the Year


The award will go to the organisation that is defined as an independent service provider contracted by clients, on an ad hoc, project basis, to advise on, or oversee change management, improvements to HR processes, or one on-one engagement with employees as a diplomatic and impartial resource.

In partnership with Careers24, the Future of HR Summit & Awards brings together CEOs, HR leaders and HR tech innovators from across southern Africa.

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