Key Points:

  • The recruitment experiences of private sector companies and their perceptions of skills shortages are central to a proper understanding of this crucial issue.
  • The shortage of skilled people in South Africa is one of the most pressing issues on the agendas of both business and government.
  • What are the realities of this situation in the day-to-day operations of companies? How do they cope? What do they think of government strategies to overcome the dearth of skilled people? CDE surveyed a cross-section of 40 businesses that recruit skilled labour in this climate of constraint.
  • The research findings have important implications for government policies aimed at a ‘skills revolution’, and South Africa’s prospects of accelerated and shared growth
  • For this reason, CDE undertook a survey to find out more about business and skills shortages.

Press release: Evidence from the corporate coal face confirms skills shortage

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