Logistics skills gap is hampering South African trade Supply Chain Digital South Africa is experiencing a widening supply chain skills gap over a short time span, according to a recent survey, which concludes that the skills shortage is severely…
Logistics / Supply chain – “According to the 2012 Supply Chain Skills Gap Survey, conducted by University of Johannesburg researchers Rose Luke and Gert Heyns, employers are experiencing difficulty in filling tactical and strategic level positions. Employers have indicated that, although operational positions are relatively easy to fill (63% average over both years), around 65% indicated it was difficult to fill tactical level positions. Strategic level positions are becoming more challenging to fill with 63% indicating difficulties in 2011 and 66% in 2012,” the duo explained.
“The lack of skills is apparent in that although, in terms of logistics performance, South Africa is currently ranked as number 23 in the world, the country’s ability to perform more effectively is largely hampered by logistics competence,” says Luke, citing findings from The World Bank, 2012 (Logistics Performance Index: Connecting to Compete 2012).
“This clearly indicates that skills are an issue within the country, and logistics skills in particular are hampering South Africa’s ability to trade both within the region as well as with other countries and regions,” says Heyns.
“For this reason, it thus becomes critical to identify the logistics skills requirements in South Africa, so that these acute shortages can be addressed to the benefit of trade in and with South Africa and the SADC,” he adds. – A constraint on competitiveness : According to Barloworld Logistics’ 2013 Supply Chain Foresight report, the supply chain skills shortage is viewed as one of the top five constraints to South African supply chains and the single biggest constraint on competitiveness.
Participants in Luke and Heyns’ research identified a list of skills that are in most demand. Those that topped the list included Customer focus, followed closely by Ability to plan and prioritise, and then Business ethics.
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