GIS - May 22, 2012:With a view to addressing the shortage of skilled labour in the ICT sector in Mauritius, the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) will organise a validation workshop on Thursday 24 May 2012 at Cyber Tower 1, Ebène. Input from participants will be used in the preparation of a National Training Plan.
The key issues to be discussed are: shortage of skilled labour in the ICT sector in Mauritius; exploiting employment potential of information and communication technologies; tapping the tremendous career opportunities for youth; ICT jobs market forecast and employment expectations,; mismatch between the skills offered by people and the skills needed by the industry and recommendations on future manpower requirements of the industry, amongst others.
The workshop will serve as a platform bringing together key players to discuss the findings of a survey carried out by the HRDC in August-September 2011 regarding the skills gap in this sector. The survey has identified a number of issues in the ICT sector amongst which one skills gap is a critical issue. Another area of concern relates to the skills mismatch especially shortages due to lack of qualification and experience as well as skills exceeding job requirements.
According to the survey, employers are complaining about the lack of qualified labour to fill the skills gap in the local ICT sector. In a bid to ensure that the sector continues to grow, foreign labour is still needed taking into account Government’s objective to transform Mauritius into an ICT hub in the region.
The Budget Speech 2012 outlined that occupation permits will be issued to foreign workers earning more than Rs 30 000 to enable more local ICT professionals to be tapped by the ICT/BPO industry. However, stakeholders need to work together to reduce dependency on foreign labour while providing services that meet local and international norms.
According to HRDC, the ICT sector has enormous potential for investment and for creating higher paid jobs for the youth given that the number of employees in large establishments is expected to reach 19 247 by 2015. With some 13 000 people employed in 2010, growth in this sector is considered as being one of the highest.