Open and effective data systems for skills planning in South Africa

SOURCE: HSRC Review
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2016
TITLE AUTHOR(S): L.Woolfrey, M.Visser
KEYWORDS: DATA ANALYSIS, DATA COLLECTION, DATA CURATION, SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
DEPARTMENT: Education and Skills Development (ESD)
Web link: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/review/hsrc-review-july-to-sept-2016/skills-planning-in-sa
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 9374

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Abstract

The starting point to build a credible institutional mechanism for skills planning in South Africa is to evaluate existing datasets and information systems. What are the sources of micro-data available for the analysis of supply and demand in the South African labour market? What is the state of 'usability' of skills-related datasets that may exist across government departments? Lynne Woolfrey and Mariette Visser address these technical questions, and provide important insights for policy-makers and researchers across government. Micro-data provide critical evidence to inform skills planning. An early LMIP study mapped the wide range of labour market and skills planning-related data maintained by government, research, education and NGO institutions, available in the public domain and on the world-wide web. To be as comprehensive and relevant as possible, the study included data sources from 1993 to February 2013.