WITH many skills in high demand and short supply, more and more South Africa firms are looking abroad to bring in much-needed skills to continue and grow operations within the country. This they are doing with mixed success, due to various factors, among others the pressure of hiring South Africans and challenges with work visas.
The rarest skills with the highest demand are mentioned by a number of sources as those in the IT and engineering spheres. Developers (programmers) are no longer keen to give out their contact details due to an abundance of phone calls from what they call “desperate and unknowledgeable recruiters”.
Recruitment companies such as Offerzen have sprouted up, turning the recruitment model on its head, forcing companies to apply for candidates as opposed to job seekers applying for jobs.