Getting Skills Right: South Africa

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This report identifies effective strategies to tackle skills imbalances in South Africa. It provides an assessment of practices and policies in the following areas: the collection and use of information on skill needs to foster a better alignment of skills acquisitions with labour market needs; education and training policies targeting skills development and investment for individuals and employers; job creation policies to develop skills through on-the-job learning; and policies facilitating the entry of migrants with skills that are in demand. The assessment is based on country visits, desk research and data analysis conducted by the OECD secretariat.


Key drivers of skills demand and supply in South Africa

Skills imbalances are driven by structural and cyclical factors that shape the demand for and supply of skills. For instance, economic growth, changes in the composition of economic output over time and the so-called mega-trends are all important macroeconomic factors influencing the demand for skills. On the other hand, labour market trends, migration, and skills and education outcomes play an important role in defining the supply of skills. The main drivers of skills demand and supply in South Africa are discussed in this chapter, together with the current state of skills imbalances.


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