Young, jobless and desperate – Scarce skills list long and varied

2012-06-16 15:06

More than 15 000 chief executives and senior officials are needed, according to research

The Department of Higher Education has compiled a list of workers the country needs – and they’re not what you may think.

The ScarceSkillslist 2012/13 is set to be released in the next few weeks, according to Director-General Gwebs Qonde.

It was compiled using information provided by the country’s 21 Setas, or Sector Education and Training Authorities, after consultation with the industries they serve.

The provisional list, which City Press has seen, reflects positions for 1 746 144 skilled workers.

Of these, more than 111 000 are managers, from top-level company chief executives to middle and junior managers.

The category includes the need for more than 15 000 “chief executives and senior officials”, almost 50 000 retail and wholesale trade managers, and more than 30 000 production and specialised services managers.

The next-most understaffed category is that of professionals with 65 823 needed in the country.

Of these, most in demand, at more than 12 000 positions, are health professionals.

The country needs 5 000 midwives, 4 970 nurses, 1 072 doctors,and 888 pharmacists.

Next up are those in the fields of “physical, mathematical and engineering sciences”, with positions listed for more than 10 000 skilled employees.

On the commerce front, there are positions going for more than 4 000 accountants.

Those wishing to study towards other professional degrees, take heed – the list reflects a need for only 153 lawyers, 10 dentists, four aeronautical engineers and two occupational therapists.

There are also positions for 18 538 technicians, ranging from water plant operators and ship and aircraft controllers to air traffic controllers and medical and pharmaceutical technicians.

The country is short of 7 345 clerical support workers, ranging from general office clerks and secretaries to bank tellers and croupiers in the casino industry.

Unusual careers are also listed: 200 “traditional chiefs and heads of villages”, 200 criminologists, 124 archivists, and more than 12 000 “sports coaches, instructors and officials”.

In the trades, there is a need for 12 765 plant and machine operators, 9 265 mechanics, 7 623 electrical and electronics trade workers, and 6 488 blacksmiths and toolmakers.

Positions in the arts are also mentioned, including those for 300 painters, 500 sculptors, 500 potters or ceramicists, 250 composers and 401 instrumental musicians.
For those interested in the limelight, there are positions for 100 dancers and choreographers, 150 actors and 100 directors of film, TV, radio or stage productions – but only four TV presenters.

And those who believe there is a great demand for journalists, think again.

The list stipulates a need for only 17 print, 14 radio and eight television journalists, while only four newspaper or magazine editors are sought.

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