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artisan2Fin24 reports that a lack of development of employees beyond schooling was one of the weaknesses that dragged down SA’s competitiveness in the IMD World Talent Ranking report for 2017.  

SA dropped five places to rank 48 out of 63 countries in the report released this week.  The report assessed the methods countries used to attract and retain talent in their businesses out of a score of 100.  IMD director Arturo Bris commented that although SA invested in education, more so than its African counterparts, the outcomes have not yet been realised.  He also pointed out that companies needed to prepare employees in the labour force, explaining that:  “Once the student graduates from college or from school, companies need to make a bigger effort of investment in people to develop individuals within the companies.”  Another weakness was the availability of skilled labour, which ranked 60, the capacity of the educational system to meet the talent needs of the economy (60) and emphasis on science in schools (60).  Contributing factors to the country’s low ranking was the health infrastructure (52), worker motivation (57) and the availability of competent senior managers (50), among other things.

  • Read this report by Lameez Omarjee in full at Fin24

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