Chris Reay, the CEO of Engineer Placements, says the industry is especially vulnerable because engineers are in demand around the world. He says that often when he tries to contact some of the engineers on his company’s database he finds they “are now in Perth, Dubai or China”.
Also, it is not only South Africa that is suffering from a skills deficit — the whole world is affected. When it comes to the lack of technical skills, South Africa is far from alone. In the case of engineers, for example, she says that Germany needs about 8 000.
Editor – More and more people are not returning back to developed countries due to the higher cost of living, higher taxes and lack of challenging opportunities at home.