Scarce Skills in South African Tourism

Believe it or not South Africa has many unfilled job positions! Statistics about job loss & unemployment paint a bleak picture about the future of South Africas economy. But there are a vast variety of jobs available, and actually in dire need of filling. By filling these positions we would actually create a chain reaction spurring on the need for even more jobs. The problem is that all these unfilled occupations are being hampered by Scarce skills!

Scare Skills are present when work placements and jobs see a shortage of the correct qualified candidates to fill the available posts.

Scarce skills are identified in the Tourism & Hospitality industries by CATHSSETA, the DHET’s (Department of Higher Education & Training) list of occupations in high demand as well as by various employer surveys. In terms of classification by the South African Government “a scarce skill” is defined as a post not filled for at least 6 months.

Tourism Specific Scarce skills include the following:

  • Hospitality Studies Teacher
  • Tourism Studies Teacher
  • Food and Beverage Technician
  • Tourism Information Officers
  • Travel Consultant
  • Inbound Contact Centre Consultant
  • Outdoor Adventure Guide
  • Park Ranger
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Training and Development Professional

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