- 60 % of South African adults have not studied behind Grade 10 : they have 30% to find a job ;
- 26 % have a matric : they have 50 % % to get a job
- 11 % have completed tertiary qualification : their chance to get a job may reach 80%.
So do not stop your education with only a matric. Better, check the needs of the country : you will have even more chance to get a job !
“There are some 500 000 vacant positions in the economy. They remain unfilled because there are not enough suitably trained people.”
The most needed professional fields (where there are big shortages) are
1. Artisans (plumbers, electricians, welders, etc): 40% shortage of qualified artisans.
2. Nursing : shortage of more than 30 000 registered nurses in the public sector + shortage in the private sector. There are now bursaries available at Wits and other Varsities for nursing studies.
3. Social work : shortage of at least 5 000 social workers
4. Medical doctors : about 25% of the 1 400 doctors annually trained in the country emigrate to a foreign country !
5. Pharmacy : shortage at more than 10 000 pharmacy assistants.
6. Managers :shortage of between 350 000 and 500 000 qualified people required to fill management and technical positions. shortages of specialist managers such as financial, marketing and logistics managers are particularly severe.
7. Accounting : in 2008 the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants estimated the shortage of accounting specialists at 22 000, of whom 5 300 should be chartered accountants specifically.
8. Information technology : minimum shortage stands at 70 000 positions
9. Education : shortage of 40 000 teachers, especially in mathematics and science.
10. Engineering :South Africa produces only some 1 400 engineers annually. However, if the skills shortage in this sector is to be satisfied, some 2 400 people must be trained every year.