Graduates upbeat about staying in SA

2011-04-28 14:30

Johannesburg - The majority of graduate professionals are confident about staying in South Africa, according to a survey released on Thursday.

"Graduate professionals occupy key occupations such as accountancy, engineering, medicine and law, many of which have a skills shortage, so it is very significant to see these people are confident of remaining in South Africa," said Gerhard Joubert, head of group marketing at financial services provider PPS.

The PPS survey tracked the confidence levels of over 4 000 South African graduate professionals on issues such as emigration, crime, healthcare, investment markets and opportunities available to them in their chosen professions.

According to the 2011 first-quarter results, a confidence level of 84% was recorded for remaining in South Africa.

Joubert said this could be attributed to various factors including South Africa's economy weathering the global financial crisis, its inclusion in the Bric - Brazil, Russia, India, China - economic group of nations, the relatively stable political climate, opportunities available to graduate professionals due to skills shortages and the successful hosting of the World Cup.

"The current turmoil that is also taking place in a number of European countries in light of the sovereign debt crises may also have shown some South Africans that were considering a move that the grass is not always greener," he said.

Respondents, who had an average age of 43, showed an overall confidence level of 77% when asked about the opportunities available to practitioners working in their profession over the next 12 months.

However, they were concerned about crime - with a 45% confidence level that the situation would improve over the next five years.

Unemployment was also a concern, with confidence levels at 46%.

The future of the healthcare system and the standard of education over the next five years each scored a confidence level of 50%.

  • Philani Lubanyana - 2011-04-28 14:36

    Great report! But what is staggering about your report is a clear omission of unemployed graduate’s views. Most of our brothers and sisters are sitting with degrees and diplomas but their views were deliberately omitted by your source and you! You cannot claim that most of graduates are happy while you are excluding certain and critical section of graduates. By the way I’m too an unemployed graduate.Philani@Umlazi

      DeonL - 2011-04-28 15:55

      If you are a black unemployed graduate in SA in 2011 you don't look around enough for a job, you can even start at a low level post but you should get work. I know of a graduate that started us a night janitor, he know own the same company.

      DW - 2011-04-28 15:58

      Philani, the report specifically states that these are graduate professional opinions ie currently employed in a professional capacity. You are right that there is a massive crisis in the area of newly qualified graduates who cannot get jobs. All I can suggest is that you take ANYTHING in the line of a job, no matter how menial the pay, and work your way up. I have a member of staff who was willing to sweep floors and make tea, even though she had a 3 year diploma in accounting. She then offered to help with filing and her attitude and willingness made it obvious that she would be an asset. She has been with the company for 3 years. I just promoted her within the accounts department and I have no doubt that she will continue to get promotions. Dont give up, but please dont assume that your degree opens doors to high paying jobs. They only (sometimes) get you a foot in the door and then the rest is up to you. Good luck!

      DeonL - 2011-04-28 16:11

      I would like to know in what field are you in? You should not be unemployed in the new SA. You can also start your own business?

      Tired - 2011-04-28 16:15

      Good comment Philani, its not great but maybe look across the pond for work? Uk?

      Juggernaut - 2011-04-28 16:21

      What degree do you have Philani?

      Redwine - 2011-04-28 17:34

      Why do these surveys always assume people only need to work in UK or Australia. I find professionals in many more countries. I have not worked in SA for 10+ years however still live their and earn twice as much as professional in same field in SA but tax free. Unemployed but trained look a lot wider than pom countries.

      shumani.masia - 2011-04-28 18:32

      @DeonL,I respect your opinion and it is very disturbing when saying people(black as per your comment)are not looking enough,I thibk you are generalising.@DW,I have tried that with my Msc and no one is willing to take me even for volunteering.Some complain about qualifications,other employers are not ready to take anyone with the current economic crisis.As for business,you need capital for that before you can get some donations or grants.What I'm trying to say is: it is not as easy as some of you are saying to find a job in SA at this era.

      ANC-FTL - 2011-04-29 15:48

      Well it depends on the field of work and how perisitant your are - I returned from the UK about 7 months ago and I found a nice corporate job within 2 months of looking.

  • cbrunsdonza - 2011-04-28 16:02

    Reality is when your in your mid 40's, few countries are open to even graduates and then most of those are really not worth. I'm 36 and still a student and have accepted the fact that by the time I graduate it may be too late to immigrate - so might as well also have an optimistic attitude towards SA.

  • kolobe - 2011-04-28 16:05

    the article is contradicting views of most bloggers here

  • The All Seeing Eye - 2011-04-28 16:08

    THese graduates need to lay off the happy drugs. Students days are over

  • Vee - 2011-04-28 16:17

    What a load of rubbish. I have 2 degrees and a couple of certifications and for the last 3 years I still cant find a job in South Africa. If I could leave I would.

  • grimbie1 - 2011-04-28 16:25

    Philani thats exactly it. You hit the nail on the head. As i read this article i was thinking the exect same thing. Its all good asking them if they will stay in South Africa. When i graduated i could think of nothing better than living in my home country being able to finish work and head off to the beach for surf, but however the jobs just arent there and the few that are are going to those who are not really the best quailied for the position. Hence i have had to leave my beatiful country along with all the people i graduated with to find work and employment in other places.

  • Robynsky - 2011-04-28 16:32

    Hi there I would like to know which grads you surveyed. Cause genrally most grads I interview for jobs have a very negative impression on the current status in our country, things like crime, unemployment etc weigh very heavily on their minds.

  • shumani.masia - 2011-04-28 17:17

    @Philani,I fully agree with you,most of the reports they don't give a true reflection of the matter.We have so many Engineers and Scientist unemployed,I wonder what will keep this people from leaving the country.

  • ZAR Minority X - 2011-04-28 18:27

    Anyone who takes such contradicting stats seriously, must also lack vision, beyond the next 12 months...

  • Duke - 2011-04-28 19:38

    Graduates are educated people and are genrally au fait with whats happening in their respective field. Their choice of being positive about being in SA, is purely circumstanial. The higher your age, more setttled you are and avere to risk. Don't need survey to discover this. I am there - experienced post graduate engineer in pvt consulting, so are my friends all of same age and experience. Graduates from the east are finding jobs locally and elsewhere goablly as they ask for less, are seen to be better qualified, harder working etc etc etc. Do a survey of all the mining and consulting houses in Gauteng and ask why??

  • mac5079 - 2011-04-28 21:09

    I think most of the people commenting here are battling with the "professional" after "graduate". Not all degrees are professional degrees. This article is about people who have passed the bar, written their articles, got a medical license or qualified for entry into one of the engineering societies. These are not people from the unemployable masses of graduates with useless degrees, these are graduates in professional societies.

  • DoublySalmon - 2011-04-28 21:34

    I have 2 degrees and both are absolute skills shortages. They did not survey me as I'm not in the country. I had the option of joining PPS as a client, I did not because I left South Africa soon after graduating. This is true for all the graduates who left and those who remain choose to stay there.

  • Cui Bono - 2011-04-29 08:41

    I think the racial demographics guide the results of this survey and I would like to see the racial composition of the sample. By my reckoning the survey results really only apply to the non-white segment of South Africa's population. Many young white South African graduates do not even bother to apply for jobs in ZA because they know they are wasting their time and subsequently look offshore to start their carreers..

  • Mr. Nzama - 2011-04-29 13:30

    I'm sure the sample that was selected was not enough, This survey would have had a high degree of reliability if both employesd and unemployed graduates were intervied. I'm sure some graduates prefered SA because of its relative political stability.

  • IVV - 2011-04-29 14:59

    Some spin ahead of the elections? Yeah, accountants & lawyers are always needed when misery increases, even to a lesser degree medical professionals. Call me a cynic, abeit one that has packed up long ago and tries to make a difference in another African country where my efforts are appreciated and rewarded without being "labelled".

  • Jeffery - 2011-05-18 14:16

    what about white graduates where are they best to look for jobs

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