Co-ordinated action is needed to ensure that the right amounts and kinds of workers are available to support growth in the key economic powerhouse of the Upper North Island, says a report on Upper North Island key sector trends to 2015 and labour demand to 2020.
The report says that an extra 115,000 jobs are expected to be created across the UNISA area between mid-2016 and 2020. A further 245,000 jobs will need to be filled to replace workers who leave the labour market. For the next two financial years overall demand for labour is expected to exceed supply, with only a small surplus of labour in 2019-20. The report also identifies significant shortages in some occupations related to construction, freight and logistics, and tourism. Staff of UNISA councils are looking at how its recommendations will be implemented across the Upper North Island.
The report was prepared for UNISA by consultants MartinJenkins and Infometrics and comprises three documents: