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Identification of Skills Gaps in South Africa – A Popular Research Report

The purpose of this research is to firstly review existing skills frameworks to then design a comprehensive and tailored skills framework that reflects the specific needs and requirements of the South African labour force and their lives. Secondly, this study will identify skills gaps in the South African labour force with the aim of addressing these through appropriate skills development programmes.


By exploring the current state of skills gaps and the associated challenges, this review intends to contribute towards a better understanding of the skills landscape in South Africa, inform policy development, and provide signals on the kinds of education and training programmes that should be prioritised.

The identification of skills gaps in South Africa involves analysing and assessing the disparities between the skills possessed by the workforce and the skills demanded by employers and the job market. This process aims to identify areas where there is a shortage of specific skills or a mismatch between the skills available and the skills required.

A skills gap can be caused by various factors, such as rapid technological advancements, changes in the job market, and a lack of investment in training and education. It can lead to a shortage of qualified workers, slower economic growth, and lower productivity. Employers may struggle to fill job openings, while job seekers may have difficulty finding employment that matches their skills and experience.

Thus, it is crucial to identify the skills gaps in the South African labour force. By understanding these gaps, policymakers, employers, and educational institutions can take targeted measures to bridge the divide.

This publication covers

  • Policy Context
  • Skills Classification
  • Skills Gaps: Rationale for Addressing the Gaps
  • Conclusions & Recommendations