ManpowerGroupBusinessLive reports the Manpower Group’s annual Talent Shortage Survey indicates that employers are scrambling to hire electricians, carpenters and bricklayers, as well as managers and executives.  

Management or executive posts; office support staff such as secretaries and administrative assistants; and engineers are among the most difficult positions to fill.  A total of 750 local employers were surveyed, 34% of whom said they were finding it difficult to fill positions, which was three percentage points higher than in 2015 and a significant 26 percentage points higher than in 2014.  Yet at the same time, SA also has an oversupply of job-seekers who are not suitably qualified.  A significant number of surveyed employers (86%) said they were training and developing employees to fill open positions.


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