Report Highlights Lack Of Skilled Manpower In PNG

UNDP Report: in addition to skills shortages, 71 percent of businesses said human factors were a barrier to hiring more staff, including staff productivity, attendance and punctuality

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, August 11, 2017) – A new report on Papua New Guinea’s labour market has found that skill shortages are a major hindrance to employment growth.

The 32-page report “Fulfilling the land of opportunity: How to grow employment in Papua New Guinea” is based on a joint survey of more than 230 businesses in Port Moresby, Madang, Mt Hagan and Lae.

It was released yesterday by international accounting firm Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Covering five employment sectors from management and hospitality to clerical and administrative occupations, the Report identified key factors preventing firms from hiring more staff, what skills businesses determine are most in need, practical impacts of the skills shortages and how Papua New Guinea can help grow employment.

UNDP resident representative Roy Trivedy, said the report aimed to provide a useful information base for policy makers, academics, businesses, training providers and other interested parties to identify ways to grow employment across the country. “Our research show the employment market is currently constrained with 60 per cent of firms not expecting their headcount to increase in the next 12 months, so this is a real incentive to explore new initiatives to create jobs,” he said.

Mrs Lyndel Melrose, partner, consulting services, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu said: “This research highlights some of the barriers and recommendations to support the growth of employment in PNG. It’s clear from our report that we need to upskill more people, with 83 per cent of firms indicating local skill shortages as a barrier to growing employment. For the wholesale, hospitality and retail sectors – skills shortages are the number one factor affecting recruitment. “

In addition to skills shortages, 71 per cent of businesses said human factors were a barrier to hiring more staff, including staff productivity, attendance and punctuality.

The report noted that management positions are the hardest to fill, with 76 per cent of respondents reporting difficulty, followed by professional services roles (lawyers and accountants), with just over half (51 per cent) of respondents reporting difficulty.

“Some individual positions within hospitality, wholesale and retail rank very highly as being positions that are hard to fill including food trades (59 per cent) and waiters (39 per cent).”

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