HR Audit 

"An HR management performance audit is future orientated and can identify areas for organisational improvement”.

“HR Auditing crosses the boundaries between HR management and auditing… it can be a suitable method for evaluating the contribution of HR activities to organisational objectives assessed on the basis of value for money.”

Abstract from Dissertation; Chris Andrews: Bond University


HR Audit Overview

The SABPP HR Audit Unit is the first in the world It was launched in August 2014 and was one of the milestones in the National HRM Standard’s journey which was initiated by the SABPP. It offers an independent HR Audit Service which benchmarks companies against the 13 HR Management System Standards, providing external verification of the quality of an organisation’s HR Systems

The SABPP is a professional body for HR practitioners which is over 30 years old and has carried the mandate to set HR standards in order to professionalise the practice of HRM and raise the standard of work in HR functions.

With the active support of the profession in South Africa, the SABPP has been able to develop and launch a comprehensive HR Management Standard, with associated assessment and scoring tools to enable audits to be carried out. This is a global first and is attracting a lot of attention from all over the world including developed nations such as the US and UK and developing nations such as our African neighbours. The HRM Standard is complemented by a comprehensive HR Competency Model.

We can now say with confidence what an organisation should be doing in terms of its HR function; we have an integrated system model to guide us; and we can measure the competence of HR practitioners.

The Value of an HR Audit

  • It creates a renewed focus on consistency and standardisation and provides HR Professionals with a robust, risk-based framework to ensure an integrated, aligned and well-governed approach to auditing the National HR Standards. ·
  • It ensures that HR controls quality and consistency in accordance with the spirit of good governance as documented in King IV.
  • Audits can improve a company’s efficiency and profitability by helping the management better understand their own HR systems.
  • Management can be assured of the readiness of their HR Departments to support the business strategy.    
  • Investors,funders,shareholders,suppliers and financial auditors, are also assured that the human capital risks in their organisation are understood and effective systems (controls) are in place to manage them.
  • An HR Audit is an independent and objective report on the state of HR management processes and therefore indicate the organisational stability and sustainability from an HR perspective.

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