By Reon Janse van Rensburg
ManpowerGroup published the results of its 13th annual talent shortages. ManpowerGroup’s research on talent shortages is the largest global human capital survey of its kind and indicates what drives the talent shortages in South Africa to help South Africans to form strategies to bring these shortages to the fore.
According to the report, the shortages in the South African workplace and labour market include a lack of experience, applicants who do not have the required hard skills, and applicants who expect higher pay than offered.
The top 10 skills shortages or most difficult positions to fill in South Africa include the following jobs/careers:
- Qualified artisans (male and female)
Electricians, welders and car mechanics
- Sales Representatives
Business-consumer, business-business and call centre agents
Chemical, Electrical, Civil and Mechanical
Quality controllers and technical staff
- Accounting and Finances
Chartered accountants, auditors, financial analysts
- Office support
Administrative assistants, personal assistants, reception
Trucks, deliveries, construction, mass transit
- Information Technology
Cybersecurity experts, network administrators and technical support
The data indicates that large companies have a significant shortage (54%) to fill their positions, followed by 39% for medium size businesses, 23% for small businesses and 25% for micro-enterprises.
The report indicates that there is a great demand for artisans world-wide, followed by sales and marketing, technicians and engineers.
The 2019 report showed that the world-wide skills shortage is on average 54% while it is 34% in South Africa. The shortage of 34% in South Africa has been steady since the 2016 survey, although the types of skill shortages have changed slightly.
The report emphasises the message that practical skills are urgently needed in the labour market and that there should be a focus on training artisans.
Another report by ManpowerGroup, a survey on the employment prospects for 2020, indicates that economic prospects for this year are leaner than for previous years and there will possibly be less employers advertising posts or offering salary raises to their staff. Competition in the labour market will be more intense as a result of the above.
Solidarity encourages the public and its members to obtain new qualifications and to acquire scarce skills to stay competitive in the labour market.
Alternative skills will put you in a more favourable position to stay relevant in the workplace.
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