Western Cape Provincial Occupations in High Demand (P-OIHD) Methodological Framework Workshop

24 May 2023

GSB UCT Conference Centre, Cape Town

The purpose of this event is to adopt a coordinated approach to the development of the Provincial List of OIHD for the Western Cape.

Several provinces have made calls for provincial lists of OIHD (P-OIHD) during meetings held by the provincial skills development fora. Their motivation is clear: without province-specific research, provinces use national occupational demand to infer provincial demand. However, provincial demand often deviates from national demand. Given different provincial contexts, occupations in high demand in one province might not be in high demand in another.

This workshop serves as an important step in the consultation process of this project. The importance of early consultation is acknowledged and the value of inputs to the development of the methodology to identify Occupations in high demand is crucial. A provincial list of occupations in high demand can be a useful tool for attracting investment by signaling the growth potential of certain sectors of the economy and the need for skilled workers in those fields.

This methodology, once stress-tested by workshop attendees, will ultimately lead to the development of province-specific lists that better cater to province-specific labour market needs. Download Provincial OIHD methodological framework.