Monday | 04 May | 2020
A worldwide shortage of well-qualified artisans still exists, which means that people with these skills are in great demand all over the world.
According to Xpatweb’s latest report about critically essential skills, South Africa also has a shortage of well-qualified artisans. Xpatweb questioned 110 companies, among which JSE listed companies and multinational enterprises in Africa, for the report.
“The most conspicuous jump in the figures is the number of South African companies that struggle to recruit artisans. The figure has increased by 45% compared to the previous year,” said Marisa Jacobs, immigration specialist and director at Xpatweb.
Together with two other professions, artisans in South Africa have the highest income trajectory as experience is gained. “Welders and boilermakers have the highest commencement salaries and are incumbents of the highest paid positions, which underlines the need for competent artisans,” reports the automatic recruiting platform Giraffe. “This also contradicts the perception that manual labour is not a viable career option.”
The government also regularly emphasises the shortage of artisans. At a recent event Nomalungelo Gina, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, said there is a shortage of artisans such as boilermakers in enterprises such as Eskom. “There is also a shortage of electricians, carpenters, bricklayers, welders, painters, motor mechanics and many more. There is a shortage of these skills in the relevant industries, and the option to start your own enterprise is strongly recommended.”
In the National Skills Fund’s annual report for 2018/19 Buti Manamela, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, writes that the training and development of artisans will remain a priority in the government’s medium-term strategic framework for the period 2020-2025.
“There is a continuous need for well-qualified artisans to maintain industries and support economic growth in South Africa. In a series of national strategies, the need for artisans is heightened and identified as a priority area for skills development.”
According to Manamela, the government’s National Development Plan provides for the country having to deliver at least 30 000 qualified artisans per year by 2030. However, the government now wishes to reach this milestone by the end of March 2026.
Artisans are essential for the country’s strategic infrastructure projects and a shortage of artisans also has a direct influence on the country’s economic growth and job creation.
Department of Trade and Industry: https://www.gov.za/speeches/learners-school-performance-awards-24-jan-2020-0000
National Skills Fund Annual Report: http://www.dhet.gov.za/NSF%20DOCUMENTS/NSF%202018-19%20Annual%20Report.pdf
* All information was correct at the time of publication.