Critical Skills Survey Results

This is the most prominent survey in South Africa of its kind, considered by Government and a good example was the speech of Minister Angie Motshekga at the launch of the Rhodesfield Engineering School of Specialisation; making direct reference thereto.

  • Respondents

    110 Number of companies who participated in this year’s survey, including JSE-listed companies and large multinational groups operating in Africa

    60% Respondents in management and key decision-making positions

    18% of the respondents are c-suite level executives

  • Industries who participated in the survey

    • Government
    • Life, Physical and Social Sciences
    • Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry
    • Legal Services
    • Arts and Entertainment
    • Installation and Repairs
    • NGO’s
    • Sales
    • Transportation and Moving
    • Administration Services
    • Production and Manufacturing
    • Food and Restaurants
    • Hospitality and Tourism
    • Management
    • Architecture and Engineering
    • Education and Libraries
    • Information Communication Technologies
    • Construction and Extraction
    • Healthcare and Medical Services
    • IT and Technical Services
    • Business and Finance
Do you find that your organisation struggles to recruit critically skilled individuals?
WE FIND IT EXTREMELY DIFFICULT - 44%
WE FIND IT SOMEWHAT DIFFICULT - 41%
NEUTRAL - 10%
WE DON’T FIND IT DIFFICULT AT ALL - 5%
Would and international search help you find these skills?
DEFINITELY, IT WOULD HELP A LOT! - 56%
IT WOULD HELP TO SOME DEGREE - 29%
NOT SURE IF IT WOULD HELP - 10%
I DON’T THINK IT WOULD HELP - 5%
Do you perceive the work visa process as a prohibitor to recruit internationally?
YES, IT IS AN EXTREME PROHIBITOR - 62%
IT RESTRAINS THE PROCESS A LITTLE - 22%
NOT SURE IF IT IS A PROHIBITOR - 9%
DO NOT THINK IT IS A PROHIBITOR - 7%
What impact does the work visa process have on your business operations?
IT HAS AN SIGNIFICANT IMPACT - 72%
IT HAS A SLIGHT IMPACT - 21%
NOT SURE IF IT HAS AN IMPACT - 5%
IT HAS NO IMPACT AT ALL - 2%
Top 10 occupations respondents identified as being the most difficult to recruit in South Africa
  • ICT Specialists
  • Engineers
  • Artisans
  • Senior Financial Executives
  • Health Sector
  • Executive Managers
  • Specialists and Academics
  • Mining Executives
  • Risk Managers
  • Foreign Language Speakers

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