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46pc private employers not hiring right people

Says CPD-EBS study

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 5 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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46pc private employers not hiring right people

Around 46 percent private employers fail to hire employees at different positions with the right skill required for the jobs, finds a latest study.

Lack of work experience (35 percent) and required qualifications (32 percent) are two of the major obstacles in finding the best suitable candidate for a job vacancy.

The study titled "Skills Gap and Youth Employment in Bangladesh" revealed on Saturday was jointly conducted by Center for Policy Dialogue (CPD) and the Bangladesh office of the German social development organization Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (EBS).

Total 100 non-government employers, from various sectors of the economy, were surveyed to understand and identify the skills that have value in the Bangladeshi labour market.

The survey findings were presented at an event held at the Brac Centre Inn in Dhaka on Saturday. Planning Minister MA Mannan attended the program as the chief guest.

The study shows that the most sought-after employability skills are soft skills (83 percent) and work experience (51 percent).

The most important soft skills, according to employers, include communication, time management, problem-solving, teamwork and leadership, and critical thinking.

The three most important skills that employers expect to see from job seekers are: communication skills (61 percent), problem-solving skills (46 percent), and networking and leadership skills (37 percent).

Based on the feedback received from the employers, CPD then developed a skills assessment test to evaluate at least 500 university students and recent graduates.        

The findings from the online skills assessment showed that the highest average score was obtained for "creativity" whereas the lowest average scores were obtained in "communication."   

"Fresh graduates are failing to utilize their certificates. Market demand is shifting gradually to adapt to modern-day technology and development. "Sadly, we don't have enough vocational training centres for the job seekers," observed CPD Executive Director Dr Fahmida Khatun. Speaking on the occasion, MA Mannan said: “the government recognizes and its policy statement is very clear that Bangladesh needs a complete transformation to science and technology.”

He informed that science education in the country has risen from only 2 percent to 18-19 percent now, which the government seeks to raise to 30-40 percent by 2040.

In reply to a question with regard to mushrooming of universities in the country, he said the rise in the number of universities is imperative for this stage of development of the country.