The e-skills landscape in South Africa: the issues of demand and supply and the use of international benchmarks to inform the South African e-skills development context

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Merkofer, Philipp and Murphy, Angela. 2009. "The e-skills landscape in South Africa: the issues of demand and supply and the use of international benchmarks to inform the South African e-skills development context." Zeitschrift fuer Politikberatung. 2 (4), pp. 685-695. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12392-010-0219-y
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The e-skills landscape in South Africa: the issues of demand and supply and the use of international benchmarks to inform the South African e-skills development context

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AuthorsMerkofer, Philipp (Author) and Murphy, Angela (Author)
Journal TitleZeitschrift fuer Politikberatung
Journal Citation2 (4), pp. 685-695
Number of Pages11
Year2009
Place of PublicationBaden-Baden, Germany
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s12392-010-0219-y
Web Address (URL)http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12392-010-0219-y
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This article provides an overview of the key findings of a recent Accenture research study on the e-skills shortage in South Africa. Within the context of e-skills demand the article reveals the challenge of accurate assessment in the face of inconsistent demand data and presents the need for a standardised definition of e-skills demand. It also highlights key factors constraining the supply of e-skills in South Africa and the critical role of education in this regard. To further inform and support the e-skills development context in South Africa the article offers insights into the necessity and value of collaboration between government, industry and educators. This was identified in interviews with players from the information and communication technology (ICT) industry and tertiary education sector as well as from a benchmarking study of the ICT policies and key learnings of six countries.

Keywordse-skills; standardisation; benchmarking; education; collaboration
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020359999. Other commerce, management, tourism and services not elsewhere classified
390113. Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
440710. Research, science and technology policy
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Byline AffiliationsAccenture Research, United States
Accenture Research, South Africa
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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