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Skill shortage plagues job sectors

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Ith Samheng. KT/Mai Vireak

A report on Cambodian labour published on Friday found that ten sectors in the job market, including IT, hospitality and textiles, are still facing shortages in skilled workers.

The report was published by the Labour Ministry’s National Employment Agency through a partnership with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

In the textile industry, garment, footwear and apparel companies account for 43.6 percent of the labour market and 77.4 percent of national manpower; the report showed that the industry has the lowest density of skills gaps with the highest labour skill distribution.

The report said that for the hospitality industry, the sector has a labour market share of 15 percent and covers 3.7 percent of employment; the sector experienced skills gaps issues when it came to employees, especially in communication, technical or practical, foreign language and teamwork.

The IT sector is considered to be the highest in demand for skills related to goods and services. The report said that the sector is in dire need of advanced operators capable of software development.

The report also said that the health sector employs the highest amount of high-skilled workers. However, the health sector has its share of skills shortages in health professionals, technicians and services and sales.

Labour Ministry Ith Samheng said on Friday that the employment rate is at 99.3 percent, with about ten million people in the labour force.

“We hope that this new report will bring us [information] on how to strengthen the labour market, especially for the youth and job seekers who are ready to to work,” he said.

Maria Sargren, Swedish ambassador to Cambodia, said that Sweden has been supporting NEA since 2012. Ms Sargren added that the report will establish a clear picture of the job industry in Cambodia.

“This report is reliable and will benefit job seekers looking for a better future,” she said.

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